6 Jul 2023

Chandrayaan-3 to be launched on this day; ISRO announces date


Chennai: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Thursday announced that the third Lunar Mission Chandrayaan-3 will take place on July 14 at 2.35 p.m. from the spaceport of Sriharikota.

ISRO will be using its heaviest rocket Launch Vehicle Mark-III (LVM3-M4) which will place the integrated module in an Elliptic Parking Orbit (EPO) of size 170 x 36500 km. The launch will take place from the Second Launch Pad.

In a tweet, ISRO said "Announcing the launch of Chandrayaan-3: LVM3-M4/Chandrayaan-3 Mission: The launch is now scheduled for July 14, 2023, at 2:35 pm IST from SDSC, Sriharikota".

On Wednesday, ISRO announced that the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft was integrated with LVM3.


Will land on August 23


ISRO chairman S Somnath said, “On July 14 at 2:35 pm, Chandrayaan-3 will lift off and if everything goes well it will land on August 23. The date is decided based on when is the sunrise on the moon, it will depend on the calculations, but if it gets delayed then we will have to keep the landing for the next month in September,” he said.

Follow-on mission to Chandrayaan-2

Chandrayaan-3 is a follow-on mission to Chandrayaan-2 to demonstrate end-to-end capability in safe landing and roving on the lunar surface.

It consists of Lander and Rover configuration. The propulsion module will carry the lander and rover configuration till 100 km lunar orbit.

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