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ISRO’s Chandrayaan-3 Successfully Lifts Off

India has launched Chandrayaan – 3 mission, aiming to be the first country to land on the south pole of the moon.

The Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft, which consists of an orbiter, lander, and rover, took off on Friday at 14:35 local time (09:05 GMT) from Sriharikota space centre, Andhra Pradesh. The lander is expected to reach the Moon between 23rd or 24th August. A large number of people watched the launch from a special viewing area, and the commentators described the sight of the rocket flying high in the sky as ‘majestic.’ The crowd and scientists present at the event cheered and applauded as the rocket took off.

The chief of the ISRO, S Somanath, announced that Chandrayaan-3 has started its journey towards the Moon. He mentioned that the launch vehicle successfully placed the spacecraft in the right orbit around the Earth. ISRO tweeted that the spacecraft is in good health.

PM Modi wishes Chandrayaan-3 good luck

Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised Chandrayaan-3, stating that it has opened a new chapter in India’s space exploration. He commended the dedication and creativity of the scientists involved.

Crashlanding of lander in Chandrayaan 2

Chandrayaan-2, launched in July 2019, also included an orbiter, lander, and rover. Although the orbiter is still operational, the lander-rover failed to make a soft landing and crashed. This was due to a braking system issue explained by Mr. Annadurai, the project director of Chandrayaan-1.

For Live Updates on Chandrayaan-3, Please visit Indian Space Research Organisation (isro.gov.in)

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