Chandrayaan 3 was successfully launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation on Friday aboard a heavylift LVM3-M4 rocket from Sriharikota.
The LVM3-M4 rocket, the biggest and heaviest in its class and known as “Fat Boy,” launched majestically at a predetermined time at 2.35 pm from the second launch pad after a 25.30 hour countdown. It was followed by huge clouds of smoke.
The historic rocket launch attracted thousands of spectators, who cheered the rocket as it rose into the sky.
Scientists hope to perfect soft landings on the lunar surface with the Chandrayaan-3 mission, a difficult technological feat scheduled for late August. If the mission is successful, India would become the fourth nation after the United States, China, and the erstwhile Soviet Union to accomplish the extraordinary accomplishment.
Chandrayaan 3 is the successor mission to Chandrayaan 2, which disappointed scientists in 2019 by failing to make the desired soft landing on the moon’s surface.
The propulsion module will separate from the rocket about 16 minutes after liftoff and begin an elliptical orbit around the earth that will take it closer to the moon by 170 kilometres and farther away by 36,500 kilometres.
After picking up speed, the propulsion module and the lander would travel for more than a month to reach the moon’s orbit, stopping 100 km above the lunar surface.
It is anticipated that the soft landing would occur on the south pole of the moon on August 23 or 24, according to ISRO scientists, once the lander module reaches the desired altitude.
Head of ISRO and project in a happy mood
P Veeramuthuvel, the project director for Chandrayaan 3, and S Somanath, the head of ISRO, express their joy over the successful launch of Chandrayaan 3 into orbit. “Chandrayaan-3 has started its mission to the Moon in its correct orbit. According to ISRO, the spacecraft’s health is typical.According to ISRO, the spacecraft’s health is normal.
So much effort went into this amazing achievement.
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