ISRO’s race to the Moon: The countdown begins for Chandrayaan-3

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India’s space agency, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), is set to embark on its next lunar exploration mission, Chandrayaan-3.

According to S Somanath, the Chairman of ISRO, the launch will occur at 2:35pm on Friday, July 14th from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. The Chairman and top officials of ISRO have been overseeing the pre-launch activities since Wednesday, ensuring a smooth countdown that began at 1:00pm IST on Thursday.

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The chairman relayed the news to the media during a visit to the Changalamman Devi temple near the spaceport, where he sought blessings for a successful launch. The Chandrayaan-3 will embark on its journey using the robust LVM3 rocket, orbiting Earth before starting its gradual journey to the moon. If everything goes according to plan, a lunar soft-landing is expected around August 23rd.

ISRO gears up for Chandrayaan-3 launch: A new chapter in lunar exploration

ISRO gears up for Chandrayaan-3 launch: A new chapter in lunar exploration. Photo courtesy of Janusz Walczak from Pixabay.

Drawing parallels with the previous lunar missions, the Chairman highlighted the successes of Chandrayaan-1, which lasted over six months and discovered the presence of water on the moon, and Chandrayaan-2, which confirmed this finding. He affirmed that each mission has been successful in its unique way.

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Emphasizing the significance of traditions and cultures in space missions, the Chairman noted his visit to the temple to seek blessings for the Chandrayaan-3 mission. Earlier in the day, ISRO officials had also offered prayers at the revered Venkateshwara Swami temple, commonly known as the Tirupati temple, in Tirumala.

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