India’s Chandrayaan-3 departs for historic moon mission
The rover is expected to remain active for two weeks during a series of experiments.
Delhi ( Latest UAE News – Arshad Farooq Butt )
India’s Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft has lifted off on Friday at 2.35pm (1.05am UAE time) for the historic Moon mission.
“This remarkable mission will carry the hopes and dreams of our nation,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted earlier.
According to details, this rocket will attempt to land a robotic rover on the South Pole of the Moon. This south pole of the Moon is of particular interest to space agencies and private space companies. The presence of water and ice in this area could support a future space station. This will be the first step for space exploration and for going to other planets.
The Chandrayaan-3 launch rocket will blast the spacecraft into an elliptical Earth orbit before zipping towards the Moon for a scheduled landing around August 23.
If the Chandrayaan-3 mission succeeds, India will join the group of three other countries that have successfully landed on the moon. These countries include the United States, the former Soviet Union and China.
Chandrayaan means “chariot of the moon” in Sanskrit. The vehicle includes a two-meter (6.6 ft) long lander. The lander is designed to deploy a rover near the moon’s south pole. The rover is expected to remain active for two weeks during a series of experiments.