India’s third moon mission, Chandrayaan-3, is all set to be launched at 2.35 p.m. on Friday.

The Indian SpaceResearch Organisation (ISRO) has completed all pre-launch activities and the 25.30-hour countdown commenced on Thursday at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.

The Launch Vehicle Mark-III (LVM3) will take off from the second launch pad of the space station in Sriharikota.

India will once again make an attempt to do a soft landing on the lunar surface for the second time, having failed in 2019 with the Chandrayaan-2 mission. 

So far only three countries, the U.S., Russia and China, have successfully soft- landed on the moon.

After the LVM3 lifts off from the launch pad, the satellite separation will take place and the integrated module will be placed in an Elliptic Parking Orbit (EPO).

The Chandrayaan-3 consists of an indigenous propulsion module (PM), a lander module (LM) and a rover with an objective of developing and demonstrating new technologies required for inter-planetary missions. The PM will carry the lander and rover from injection orbit till the 100-km lunar orbit. It carries a Spectro-polarimetry of Habitable Planetary Earth payload to study the spectral and polarimetric measurements of earth from the lunar orbit.

“Chandrayaan-3 will start its journey after its launch on Friday; it will reach around earth, then will travel towards moon slowly over the next one month. If everything is all right, it will land on the moon on August 23,”

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