Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to launch another moon mission that it has dubbed as Chandrayaan-3. The launch might take place sometime around the end of 2020.
If recent reports are to be believed, then ISRO will be launching its next moon mission at the time of November 2020.
With JAXA or NASA?
Although we don’t have many details at the moment, the rumors say that Chandrayaan-3 is supposed to be launched in collaboration with the Japanese space agency JAXA.
It is being said that the Chandrayan-3 will send a lunar rover to the south pole of the moon.
But is it only Japanese JAXA that is involved? Not really.
As per some previous reports, NASA may also participate in the third Chandrayaan mission. But it is noteworthy that nothing has been made official yet.
Although we can’t say for sure about the role of NASA, the participation of JAXA can be believed in.
JAXA has recently released some documents that reveal that the launch year of 2023.
As per reports, JAXA is helping to develop the rocket and rover and ISRO will be developing the lander.
The expected payload capacity of the mission is nearly 500 KG while the total mass at the launch is expected to be 6 tons or more.
The objective of the mission is mainly to collect samples and find prospects of water or ice on the moon. The mission aims to run an analysis of the nearby region on the moon.
Although all the details are not clear at the moment, we can expect to have more information and clarity on the mission as it starts taking form.
Things like the timeline of the mission and its operational period will be revealed as the mission progresses.
Mission Chandrayaan of ISRO
What is Chandrayaan all about?
Most people know about the Chandrayaan mission of ISRO, but for those who don’t, here we will give you an overview.
The Chandrayaan mission is also known as the Indian Lunar Exploration Programme of the ISRO.
The mission aims to explore the moon by landing research and development based rovers on the surface. This will help in the scientific analysis of various regions of the moon surface.
The first Chandrayaan mission of India, conducted on 22 October 2008 was successful. The spacecraft had successfully discovered water on the moon along with other scientific analysis.
Chandrayaan-1 had completed 95% of its primary objective before losing contact with ISRO after being in orbit for 312 days.
Chandrayaan 2, that was launched on 22 July 2019, could not meet its objectives though.
ISRO lost all communication with the Vikram lander as it attempted to land on the moon.
ISRO had said that Vikram lander is safe and would be collecting data for the next 7.5 years, but no other contact has been there ever since then.