The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced on Thursday that its lunar mission Chandrayaan-3 will launch on July 14 from the Sriharikota space port in Andhra Pradesh. The journey to the Moon will be carried out using ISRO’s new heavylift launch vehicle LVM-3. According to ISRO Chairman Somanath S., the agency will attempt a gentle landing on the Moon on August 23 or August 24.

“Announcing the launch of Chandrayaan-3: LVM3-M4/Chandrayaan-3 Mission: The launch is now scheduled for July 14, 2023, at 2:35 pm IST from SDSC (Satish Dhawan Space Centre), Sriharikota,” ISRO announced on Twitter. The Chandrayaan-3 mission will carry scientific instruments to investigate the thermophysical parameters of the lunar regolith, lunar seismicity, the lunar surface plasma environment, and the elemental composition around the landing site.

The Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft successfully completed the critical tests that proved its capacity to endure the extreme vibration and acoustic environment that the spacecraft would encounter during its launch in March of this year. These tests were especially difficult given that the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft, which will be launched by LVM3 (Launch Vehicle Mark-III) (formerly known as GSLV Mk III), is made up of three modules: propulsion, lander, and rover.

The propulsion module’s primary role is to transport and separate the lander module from launch vehicle injection to the final lunar 100 km circular polar orbit. Aside from that, the propulsion module includes a research payload that will operate when the lander module is separated.

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