New photographs of the Moon-bound Chandrayaan-3 mission have been released by the Indian Space Research Organization (Isro) as the space agency works to prepare the project for launch.
India's most potent lunar rocket, the Geosynchronous Launch Vehicle Mark-III, will carry the Chandrayaan-3 probe into space.
To create and demonstrate new technologies needed for interplanetary missions, Chandrayaan-3 features an in-house Lander Module (LM), Propulsion Module (PM), and rover.
Isro director S. Somnath has stated that they want to launch the mission between July 12 and July 19 to take advantage of favorable orbital dynamics for maximizing fuel efficiency and minimizing the environmental impact on the way to the Moon.
Isro has stated that "the Lander will be able to soft land at a specified lunar site and deploy the Rover," both of which can do in-situ chemical analyses of the lunar surface as they move around.
The Indian Space Agency has unveiled new mission imagery.
The purpose of the follow-up mission Chandrayaan-3 is to show that landing and exploring the moon can be done safely. The propulsion module will carry the Lander and rover configuration to a 100 km lunar orbit.
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