The Chandrayaan-3 mission by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, at 2.35 PM IST on Friday, July 14.
The mission follows Chandrayaan-2 where scientists aim to demonstrate various capabilities including reaching the orbit of the moon, making a soft-landing on the lunar surface using a lander, and a rover coming out of the lander to study the surface of the moon.
Sixteen minutes after lift-off, propulsion module successfully separated from the rocket and would orbit the earth for about 5-6 times in an elliptical cycle with 170 km closest and 36,500 km farthest from earth moving towards the lunar orbit.
ISRO’s Chandrayaan-3 lander toward moon’s south pole
India’s space agency launched a rocket on Friday that sent a spacecraft into orbit and toward a planned landing next month on the lunar south pole, an unprecedented feat that would advance India’s position as a major space power.
The Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) LVM3 launch rocket blasted off from the country’s main spaceport in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh on Friday afternoon, leaving behind a plume of smoke and fire.
About 16 minutes later, ISRO’s mission control announced that the rocket had succeeded in putting the Chandrayaan-3 lander into an Earth orbit that will send it looping toward a moon landing next month. (Reuters)
Chandrayaan-3 Launch LIVE Updates: LPSC Director at ISRO expresses confidence in soft landing of Chandrayaan-3
Expressing his confidence in the soft landing of Chandrayaan-3, Dr V Narayanan, Director, Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC) at ISRO on Friday said that he is confident that they would succeed and after this would immediately go for Gaganyaan programme.
Chandrayaan-3 was launched on GSLV Mark 3 (LVM 3) heavy-lift launch vehicle successfully by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota as per scheduled launch time on Friday.
“Chandrayaan3 will reach to the moon on August 23…This is an important project for India. We are going to make soft landing for the first time. I am confident, we will succeed…” Dr V Narayanan said.
“After this, we are immediately going for Gaganyaan programme…We are also going for Aditya L1 Mission in August..,” he further said.
PM Modi calls to enhance India-France cooperation in space-based domain
Terming the launch of Chandrayaan 3, a major achievement of Indian scientists, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India and France have had an old and deep cooperation in the arena of Space, while highlighting that both countries have potential for further cooperation, particularly in areas such as Space-based Maritime Domain Awareness.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi made these remarks while addressing a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron at Elysee Palace on Friday, the concluding day of PM Modi’s France visit.
Chandrayaan-3 was launched on GSLV Mark 3 (LVM 3) heavy-lift launch vehicle successfully from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota as per the scheduled launch time.
Chandrayaan-3 Launch LIVE Updates: Pakistan leader congratulates India on Chandrayaan-3 launch
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader and Pakistan’s former Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhary has congratulated India and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on the successful launch of the Chandrayaan-3.
Taking to Twitter, Fawad Chaudhary wrote, “Congratulations to Indian space and Science community on the launch of #Chandrayan3 wishing you all the best.”
Chandrayaan-3 mission by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota on Friday. The mission comes four years after an earlier attempt ended in failure.