Return to the Moon: Chandrayaan-3 may launch in early 2021

Chandrayaan -3 is expected to be launched in early 2021 instead of in the second half of 2020 as the government indicates. Union Minister Jitendra Singh stated on Sunday, adding that India’s Moon mission would have a rover and a lander but not an orbiter like its forerunner.

Following Chandrayaan -2’s a hard landing in September of the year before, the Indian Space Research Organization ( ISRO) had announced its intentions to launch this other moon mission by the end of the year 2020. But the novel coronavirus epidemic has led to a setback in Chandrayaan-3 ‘s development.

Chandrayaan -2 was launched on 22 July 2019, focused at the Moon’s South Pole. The Vikram hard-landed on September 7, on the lunar surface. Authorities have verified that the orbiter is in operating order after the failure, and is capable of sending data back to earth.

Jitendra Singh, State Minister (MoS) for Space Department informed Chandrayaan -1, the ISRO ‘s original project to the Moon, forwarded images indicating that Moon could rust along the poles.

“The sign of this finding is that even though the surface of the Moon is known to have iron-rich rocks, it is not known for the presence of water and oxygen, which are the two elements needed to interact with iron to create rust,” says Jitendra Singh.

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This may also be a warning that the Earth’s atmosphere is also taking shelter the moon, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) scientists have said. They have added, “Thus, the Chandrayaan-1 Moon data indicates that the Moon’s poles are home to water, this is what the scientists are trying to decipher.”

At the same moment, India is also planning for the first-ever Gaganyaan Human Space flight, for which preparation processes and other procedures are currently in progress.

“Constraints due to the COVID pandemic led to some disruptions in the plan for Gaganyaan but efforts are going on to stick to the timeline of around 2022” Minister Jitendra Singh added.

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