India’s coveted Moon Mission Chandrayaan-3 is scheduled to be launched in July, most likely in the second half of the month.
This was disclosed here today by Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh in response to a question asked by media persons on the sidelines of a massive public rally addressed by him here today.
The Union Minister said, if things go as planned, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), will launch its ambitious Chandrayaan-3 Mission which is aimed at demonstrating critical technology to land the Spacecraft on the South Pole of the Moon. Earlier this year, he said, Chandrayaan-3 Spacecraft successfully completed the essential tests that validated its capability to withstand the harsh environment that the Spacecraft would be facing during its launch and the subsequent journey, he said.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, India’s earlier lunar mission, Chandrayan -1 had earned India a place of pride and supremacy in the world arena by identifying for the first time ever, the presence of water on the surface of the moon. This input was noted with great significance even by the world’s premier Space agencies like the USA’s NASA, he said.
Pertinent to mention that Chandrayaan-3 is a follow-up mission to Chandrayaan-2. Living up to the theme of “Science of the Moon”, the scientific instruments on the lander and the rover in the Chandrayaan would be capable of studying the various aspects of the Moon including the Lunar environment and thermo-physio properties. But at the same time, another experimental instrument incorporated in Chandrayaan-3 Mission could be capable of studying different aspects of the Earth as well, thus prompting the simultaneous theme of “Science from the Moon”.
Earlier, addressing a mammoth public rally here, Dr Jitendra Singh said, various public-centric schemes brought by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the last 9 years are not only meant for transforming a lot of those sections of society who did not receive their due attention in the earlier regimes, but in the long run these are going to create socio-economic transformation as well as change our social culture and behaviour.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, many of the public-centric initiatives undertaken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi like, for example, Rozgar Mela, StartUp India, Mudra Yojna, etc., have been conceived with a great degree of sensitivity and compassion, and are designed to reassure the youth that they are being provided with a level-playing field with an equal chance to be rewarded for their capability and hard work.
In the case of women, Dr Jitendra Singh said, schemes like Ujjawala and Swachhta (toilets) are meant to accord Indian women convenience and safety with reverence and dignity.
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