The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is now believed to be planning for its next lunar mission, Chandrayaan 3. According to media reports, the space agency has started working on Chandrayaan 3 with a deadline of November 2020.
According to a report in The Times of India, the ISRO has formed multiple committees comprising an overall panel and sub-committees. The report stated that the agency has held at least four high-level meetings since October 2019. The new mission is likely to include only a lander and a rover since the Chandrayaan 2 orbiter is functioning well.
The ISRO on November 14th, 2019 released new visuals of the lunar surface and views of the Earth from the Moon, captured by the Terrain Mapping Camera-2 (TMC-2) of Chandrayaan 2.
In a major setback for the country, lander Vikram of Chandrayaan 2 lost contact minutes before it was due to touchdown the south pole of moon’s surface on September 7th, 2019. If the landing would have been completed, India would have become the fourth country after the USA, Russia and China to soft-land on the moon.
India’s ambitious Chandrayaan 2 started its journey on July 22nd, 2019 launching from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on board heavy-lift rocket GSLV Mark 3.
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