About the mission
- The Chandrayaan-2 mission, launched in 2019, was scheduled to be an effort aimed at landing a rover on the Lunar South Pole.
- It was sent aboard the country’s most powerful geosynchronous launch vehicle, the GSLV-Mk 3. However, the lander Vikram, instead of a controlled landing, ended up crash-landing and obstructed the effort at having the rover Pragyaan successfully travel on the surface of the moon.
- The Chandrayaan-3 is the successor to the Chandrayaan-2 mission and it will likely attempt another soft-landing on the lunar surface.
- A soft-landing will make India the fourth country to do so and the first country to do so near the lunar South Pole. India had previously crashed a probe at what is now called the Jawahar point on the moon.
- It also involves various processes, including finalisation of configuration, subsystems realisation, integration, spacecraft level detailed testing and a number of special tests to evaluate the system performance on earth.
Why in News:
- The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) will target the launch of its third lunar mission, Chandrayaan-3, for August 2022.