India to Launch Chandrayaan-3 in Early 2021

Chandrayaan 3 to launch in early 2021 will have a landerrover duo says Union Minister Jitendra Singh

Planned to land on the South Pole of the Moon, Chandrayaan-2 was launched on July 22 previous year. However, not like Chandrayaan-2, it is not going to have an "orbiter" however it should have a "lander" and a "rover".

"As for Chandrayaan-3, the launch may now take place somewhere in early 2021".

The mission has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic and the follow-up lockdowns.

Notably, although the contact has been lost with Chandrayaan-2's lander and rover, the orbiter is still doing its job and orbiting the Moon on a polar orbit at an altitude of 100 km, conducting high-resolution observations of the landing site prior to the separation of the lander from the orbiter.

The orbiter of the mission is working fine and has been sending data, Isro had indicated that the third moon mission will utilise the orbiter already in the lunar orbit. But the lander Vikram made a tough touchdown on September 7 and in his first try, India's dream of touching the floor of the Earth's satellite tv for pc was shattered.


"The signal of this discovering is that despite the fact that the floor of the Moon is understood to have iron-rich rocks, it's not identified for the presence of water and oxygen, that are the 2 components wanted to work together with iron to create rust", he mentioned.

Thus, Chandrayaan-1 knowledge signifies that there's water on the lunar pole, which scientists are looking for out.

Li was studying data from the JPL Moon Mineralogy Mapper, which was aboard the Indian Space Research Organization's Chandrayaan-1 orbiter while surveying the Moon in 2008, at which time he realized that the Moon's poles had compositions very different from the rest of the surface.

The second possibility is hydrogen delivered by solar wind, which prevents oxidation but during certain periods of the Moon's orbit (specifically, whenever it's in the full Moon phase), Earth's magnetotail blocks over 99% of the solar wind.

Singh said, "ISRO's first lunar mission has sent some pictures which show that the poles of the moon look like rust". "The Moon is a awful environment for hematite to form in". The paper offers a three-pronged model to explain how rust might form in such an environment. The source of that oxygen: Earth's magnetic field trails behind the planet like a windsock.

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