Chandrayaan-3: ISRO’s another bid to land on Moon

Chandrayaan-3: The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) can send Chandrayaan-3 as its second bid to land on Moon. As per the media reports, ISRO has decided to start work on next moon mission by November 2020.

ISRO has formed several committees for Chandrayaan-3. High-level meetings of these committees have been held since October 2019. However, it will take at least three years to prepare its lander, rover, rocket and payloads.

Key Highlights

• Chandrayaan-3 mission will only send lander and rover. It will not have an orbiter as ISRO scientists will use Chandrayaan-2’s orbiter for Chandrayaan-3.
• A new orbiter will not be required because Chandrayaan 2’s orbiter will work for the next seven years.
• The overview committee made for Chandrayaan-3 has focused on specific points regarding Chandrayaan-3.
• These points including the place of landing, correct navigation, sensors and engineering etc.
• Also, ISRO is trying to lessen its manoeuvres so that spacecraft will take less time to land on the Moon.
• The Chandrayaan-3 committee will work on the recommendations given by the Chandrayaan-2 committee.

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Latest Chandrayaan-2 Image

On the one hand, ISRO is preparing to launch Chandrayaan-3 as soon as possible, while on the other hand, Chandrayaan-2's Orbiter has sent an image of the Moon. ISRO has released a picture of the 3D view of the crater by the terrain mapping camera of Chandrayaan-2. It is said that this picture was taken from 100 km orbit. A huge crater can be seen on the moon in this picture. This crater looks like a lava tube.

About Chandrayaan-2

ISRO tried to make Chandrayaan-2 lander a soft landing on the moon in September this year. However, Vikram Lander lost contact because it made a hard landing. Chandrayaan-2 tried to land at the south pole of the moon, but it could not succeed. However, the orbiter is functioning properly and scientists say that it will continue to do its work for seven years.

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