Friday was an important occasion in Indian space exploration history. India’s Chandrayaan-3 set out from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, carrying the hopes and dreams of a billion people.

If the mission is successful, India will become the fourth country after Russia, the United States, and China to conduct a controlled landing on the moon. Vikram, the moon lander, is mounted atop a Mark 3 heavy-lift launch vehicle dubbed the Bahubali rocket.

The spacecraft’s voyage from Earth to the moon is planned to take around a month, with the landing scheduled for August 23. It will operate for one lunar day, or around 14 Earth days, after landing. One day on the Moon is equivalent to fourteen days on Earth.

The Indian cricket fraternity wishes ISRO on the occasion. The Chandrayaan-3 will be made up of three primary parts: a lander, a rover, and a propulsion model. It will use the Orbiter from Chandrayaan-2, which is still floating around in the lunar atmosphere.
In a first, India’s mooncraft ‘Vikram’ will arrive on the moon’s South Pole, where water molecules have been discovered. The discovery, made during India’s maiden moon trip in 2008, stunned the entire globe.
Vikram is supposed to land safely and softly. The lander will subsequently release the rover Pragyan, which will traverse the moon’s surface and conduct scientific investigations for a lunar day (14 earth days).
The current Chandrayaan iteration comes four years after a prior attempt failed, with the ground crew losing contact moments before landing.

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