Chandrayaan-3 launch may take place in early 2021, mission will not have orbiter: Union minister
NEW DELHI: Chandrayaan-3, India's mission to Moon, is likely to be launched in early 2021, Union minister Jitendra Singh said on Sunday.
However, unlike Chandrayaan-2, it will not have an orbiter, but will include a lander and a rover, he added.
After the hard landing of Chandrayaan-2 in September last year, space agency Isro had planned another mission to the Moon later this year.
However, the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown have hit several of Isro's projects and delayed missions like Chandrayaan-3.
"As for Chandrayaan-3, the launch may now take place somewhere in early 2021. Chandrayaan-3 will be a mission repeat of Chandrayaan-2 and will include a Lander and Rover similar to that of Chandrayaan-2, but will not have an orbiter," a statement quoting Singh said.
Planned to land on the South Pole of the Moon, Chandrayaan-2 was launched on July 22 last year. However, the lander Vikram hard-landed on September 7, crashing India's dream to become the first nation to successfully touch down on the lunar surface in its maiden attempt.
The orbiter of the mission is working fine and has been sending data.
Singh, who is the Minister of State for the Department of Space, said Chandrayaan-1, Isro's maiden mission to the Moon launched in 2008, has sent images which show that Earth's satellite may be rusting along the poles.
"The sign of this finding is that even though the surface of the Moon is known to have iron-rich rocks, it is not known for the presence of water and oxygen, which are the two elements needed to interact with iron to create rust," he said.
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Best of luck. Failure is stepping stone to success. NASA, Soviets, Chinese, European space has failed a million times. Keep on trying ISRO
Most important. Keep panauti away.
Put Panauti feku and rss brahmins in rocket and send to Chandrayan 3 !!!!! Indian GDP will raise !!!
That will bring back glory to india again . Feku and his idiot clowns are black mark on India .
Best of luck, Kindly don't recruit JIHADI in mission, They will not let you make success in mission.
Feku panauti should refrain from attending.
he can't..you know how desperate he is to grab others credit. he will go there despite the slap in the face he got last time..
Again that black buffalo chairman of ISRO will cry and humiliate Feku when the lander will collapse ..
All the very best!
ha ha ha another diversion from the real topic of coronavirus. why?
orbiter or none....this too will fail..
get well soon you're sick
Please send Pappu to the moon in the next stage of Gagananyan ..arrr...with lifetime supplies !!
Dinesh Kumar Gupta
Unlike what some people enjoy saying, Chandrayaan II was far from a complete failure. Its orbiter is still working and some reports did show that the rover moved a small distance after the crashlanding but then the lunar night intervened and its batteries failed.
S S Rajguru
Those are not authentic reports. Can’t be verified. This was given by some amateur in Tamilnadu. He wanted NASA to verify. But NASA has not verified the report and ISRO is also silent on the issue. So this so called report can’t be taken at face value.
Try to find execuses. Mission failed. Admit and work on it.
Wishing success to ISRO. ISRO is already very successful with a 90% success rate. Wishing it the very best. Kudos to all the hard working scientists.
why do we have to go to moon or other planet. what you gona acomplish. god would have created humans in those planets if it were good place for humans or other life.
just buy the technology from Russia/US and put 'India' stamp on it like with every other defence related project...
redits all go to ISRO and Modi
they need something to keep people away from asking basic questions..so planned and announced in advance
What are they going to do with this moon exploration? Do you plan to live on the moon or mine it? You are wasting time, money and resources when the go nment is under debt. Stop all these space missions.