Chandrayaan-3 | ISRO successfully launched Chandrayaan-3, ‘soft landing’ will happen on August 23, Jitendra Singh said – this is a moment of pride for India

PTI Photo Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh). India on Friday successfully launched its third lunar mission – ‘Chandrayaan-3’ through LVM3-M4 rocket here. Under this campaign, ‘soft landing’ will be attempted once again on the lunar surface. Once successful in this, India will join the club of countries like America, former Soviet Union and China who have achieved such a feat. ISRO Chairman S Somnath said that the ‘soft landing’ of Chandrayaan-3 is planned to be done on August 23 at 5.47 pm. At the end of the 25.30 hours countdown that began yesterday, the LVM3-M4 rocket rocketed skywards spectacularly from the second launch pad of the Space Launch Center here at the scheduled time of 2.35 p.m. today, leaving a thick plume of smoke. This is the third lunar mission of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in fifteen years. According to ISRO officials, the propulsion module was successfully separated from the rocket about 16 minutes after lift-off and it circled the earth about five-six times in an elliptical circle at 170 km nearest and 36,500 km farthest point on its way to the lunar orbit. Will revolve around The LVM3-M4 rocket is the largest and heaviest in its class, which scientists call ‘Fat Boy’ or ‘Bahubali’. Thousands of spectators present to watch the launch cheered as Chandrayaan-3 took off and the scientists applauded after the successful launch. The propulsion module along with the lander, after gaining momentum will proceed on a more than a month long journey to reach the lunar orbit till it reaches 100 km above the lunar surface. ISRO scientists said that after reaching the desired altitude, the lander module will start descending for a ‘soft landing’ on the Moon’s south pole region. The ‘Chandra Mission’ that took off today is the follow-up mission to 2019’s ‘Chandrayaan-2’. In this third lunar mission of India too, space scientists aim for ‘soft landing’ of the lander on the lunar surface. The ‘soft landing’ will be the most challenging part of the mission. In the last moments during the ‘Chandrayaan-2’ mission, the lander ‘Vikram’ was not able to make a ‘soft landing’ due to path deviation. If this mission is successful, India will join the club of countries like America, China and former Soviet Union who have achieved such a feat. After the successful launch of Chandrayaan-3, ISRO Chairman S Somnath told the Mission Control Room (MCC) that the rocket has placed Chandrayaan-3 in the correct orbit. He said, “Congratulations, India. Chandrayaan-3 has started its journey towards the Moon. Our beloved LVM-3 has already placed Chandrayaan-3 in a precise orbit around the Earth… and let us move on to the process of further orbit raising Chandrayaan-3 and its journey towards the Moon in the coming days Express your best wishes.” Also read Somnath said that the ‘soft landing’ of Chandrayaan-3 is planned to be done on August 23 at 5.47 pm. Mission Director S Mohan Kumar said that the LVM-3 rocket has once again proved to be the most reliable heavy launch vehicle of ISRO. “We are in the process of increasing the launch frequency of this vehicle keeping in view the national requirements as well as satellite demands,” he added. #WATCH | After #Chandrayaan3’s successful launch into orbit, Union Minister Jitendra Singh says, “…This is a moment of glory for us, moment of glory for India and moment of destiny for all of us…I must thank team ISRO for making India proud. I also thank PM Modi for making… — ANI (@ANI) July 14, 2023 Project Director P Veeramuthuvel said all parameters of the spacecraft, including power generation in the propulsion module and the lander module, are normal.Central Science Minister of State for Science and Technology Jitendra Singh termed today’s launch as a proud moment for India. Appreciating the ISRO team for making India proud, he thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that he had “opened the doors of Sriharikota and This has been made possible by enabling India’s space sector.” He said the Prime Minister had recently said that there is no limit to success and “I feel Chandrayaan has crossed the sky’s limit to explore the unknown horizons of the universe”. Appreciating the late Vikram Sarabhai, who is called the father of India’s space programme, Singh said that today is also a day of confirmation of his dreams.”This day is a sign of the dream that Vikram Sarabhai had six decades ago. He may have lacked resources, but he never lacked confidence.” The minister said Sarabhai and his team had faith in themselves, India’s capability and its prowess.Singh and several former ISRO chiefs were present to witness the launch.Earlier Chandrayaan-1 mission was launched in 2008 and Chandrayaan-2 mission in 2008. was carried out in 2019. Like last time, the South Pole region of the Moon has been chosen for exploration because the South Pole of the Moon is much larger than the North Pole. The LVM3M4 rocket was formerly known as GSLVMK3. The Chandrayaan-3 mission consists of an indigenous propulsion module, lander module and a rover aimed at developing new technologies required for inter-planetary missions. After the ‘soft landing’ of the lander, the rover will come out from inside it and will walk on the lunar surface to carry out exploration work with the help of its instrument-APXS-alpha particle X-ray spectrometer.(Agency)

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