The launch of  has been  Chandrayaan-3 scheduled for July 14.

The launch of has been Chandrayaan-3 scheduled for July 14.

13 july ki jagah ab is date ko launch hoga Chandrayaan-3

13 july ki jagah ab is date ko launch hoga Chandrayaan-3

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  • 07, Jul, 2023
Jivika Chawla
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At long last, Finally, it has been confirmed that India's third lunar mission, Chandrayaan-3, is all set to launch in the afternoon of July 14, rather than July 13.

On Thursday, July 6, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) shared a tweet saying that they will be launching Chandrayaan-3, also known as the LVM3-M4/Chandrayaan-3 mission, on July 14, 2023, at 2:35 pm IST from SDSC, Sriharikota. This indicates that the fourth mission of the LVM3 rocket will be dedicated to Chandrayaan-3. Also, this rocket will carry the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft weighing 3,900 kg or 3.9 tons, a tad lower than the total carrying capacity of the LVM3 rocket.

 

But now the question arises why dates are changed from July 13 to 14? Did the ISRO consider July 13 unlucky?

Notably, the answer was that the space agency officials had never launched any one of its rockets - PSLV, GSLV, LVM3 or SSLV- on a 13th, since 1993, the ISRO.

It has been a mystery for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) after the rocket designated as Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C13 (PSLV-C13) was found to be missed. After the successful launch of PSLV-C12, the ISRO skipped ahead and named their subsequent rocket, which carried Oceansat-2 and six European nano satellites, PSLV-C14.

When questioned about PSLV-C13, a senior ISRO official told IANS, "There is no rocket assigned that number." However, he didn't tell the real reason for postponing dates whether ISRO had intentionally skipped the number 13 due to superstitions.

One possible reason why ISRO might not have chosen July 15 as the launch date for Chandrayaan-3 is that it was originally planned for the launch of Chandrayaan-2 in 2019. However, due to a last-minute technical issue, the launch of Chandrayaan-2 was postponed to July 22, 2019.

The primary objective of Chandrayaan-3 is to safely land the lander on the lunar surface, followed by the deployment of the rover to conduct various experiments

Chandrayaan-3 consists of an orbiter, a lander named Vikram, and a rover named Pragyan. The ISRO refers to the orbiter as the propulsion module, and it weighs 2,148 kg, while the combined weight of the lander and rover is 1,752 kg.

Jivika Chawla

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