Chandrayaan-3 Launching Live from ISRO
The Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Chandrayaan-3 mission has launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 2.35 PM IST on Thursday, July 14. The lander will take nearly 42 days to complete its journey to the moon.
Chandrayaan-3 Launching Live from ISRO: If Isro pulls this mission off successfully, India will join an exclusive list of just three other countries that have managed a soft landing on the Moon—the United States, the erstwhile Soviet Union, and most recently, China. Both the United States and the Soviet Union crashed many spacecraft before they successfully landed on the Moon. China was the only country to succeed in its first attempt with the Chang’e-3 mission in 2013. Also read | Chandrayaan-3: Why is it so difficult to land on the Moon?
The spacecraft has successfully taken off from Earth and is now in orbit around the planet in its journey toward the Moon. It has many critical events lined up, including earth-bound maneuvers, insertion into the lunar orbit, separation of the lander, a set of deboost maneuvers, and a power descent phase for a soft landing, according to P Veeramuthuvel, project director of the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft.