The Indian Space Research Agency (ISRO) is closing in on an attempt to land a spacecraft on the moon’s south pole.
Here are key facts about the Chandrayaan-3 mission.
What is india’s chandrayaan-3 mission?
The Indian Space Research Agency (ISRO) is set to land a spacecraft on the moon’s south pole. Here are key facts about the Chandrayaan-3 mission.
India’s Chandrayaan-3 Mission
The Chandrayaan-3 aims to explore the lunar south pole, which has water ice that could be a source of oxygen, fuel, and water for future moon missions. If successful, it will remain functional for two weeks and run experiments on the lunar surface.
Chandrayaan-3 Launch and Landing Date
Launched on July 14 from India’s main space port, the Chandrayaan-3 has looped through progressively wider-ranging orbits of Earth and will attempt to land on the moon’s south pole on Wednesday.
Previous Moon Landing Attempt
India’s previous attempt to land on the lunar south pole failed in 2019. Chandrayaan-2 successfully deployed an orbiter but its lander and rover were destroyed in a crash near where Chandrayaan-3 will attempt a touchdown.
Importance of a Successful Mission
A successful mission would make India the fourth country to land on the moon, after the former USSR, the United States, and China, and mark its emergence as a space power. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is also looking to spur investment in private space launches and related satellite-based businesses.
ISRO’s Telecast of the Landing
ISRO will telecast the landing starting from 1720 IST (1150 GMT) on Wednesday.