Chandrayaan-3 launch likely in early 2021, mission not to have an Orbiter

Minister of State for the Department of Space Jitendra Singh on Sunday (September 6) said that Chandrayaan-3, India’s mission to Moon, would be launched in early 2021. Singh added that Chandrayaan-3 will be different from Chandrayaan-2 as the former will not have an orbiter, but will include a lander and a rover.

It may be recalled that Chandrayaan-2 was launched in September 2019 and India’s premier space agency ISRO had planned to launch Chandrayaan-3 in 2020 but the plan failed to materialise due to coronavirus pandemic and the the subsequent lockdown imposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to curb the spread of the deadly virus.

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