Chandrayaan-3 Mission

  • 15 Jul 2023

On 14th July, 2023, India's third mission to the moon, Chandrayaan-3, was successfully launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.

Chandrayaan-2, launched in 2019, achieved partial success by successfully entering lunar orbit. However, during the landing attempt, the Vikram lander, carrying the Pragyan rover, crash-landed on the moon's surface.

The key points of the mission are:

  • Mission Objectives: The primary objectives of the Chandrayaan-3 mission are to demonstrate a safe and soft landing on the lunar surface, conduct rover operations on the Moon, and perform on-site experiments.
  • South Pole Target: Chandrayaan-3 aims to land on the Moon's South Pole region, where a large number of permanently shaded craters offer higher possibilities of finding water and minerals.
  • Vikram Lander Improvements: ISRO has made significant improvements to the Vikram lander for Chandrayaan-3. These enhancements include stronger legs to withstand landing impact, increased propellant quantity, and additional sensors for improved performance and data collection.
  • Global Scientific Impact: Chandrayaan-3's success will further establish India's presence in the global space community. The mission is expected to provide valuable data and insights, contributing to lunar research and space exploration at an international level.
  • Quantum Leap: Chandrayaan-3 is expected to give a quantum leap to India's role in the global space arena, further enhancing the country's standing as a space-faring nation.