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Chandrayaan 3

Posted on: August 24, 2023 | Back | Print

Embassy of India



India scripted history when Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft touched down successfully near the moon’s south pole on 23 August 2023. Chandrayaan-3, a follow-on mission to Chandrayaan-2, was launched onboard India’s LVM-3 space launch vehicle on 14 July 2023 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in India.  

India became the fourth country ever to accomplish such a feat after the United States, China and the former Soviet Union and the first country to make a successful landing on the south pole of the moon.

Chandrayaan-3 aimed to demonstrate end-to-end capability in safe landing and roving on the lunar surface. Chandrayaan-3 consists of an indigenous Lander module (LM), Propulsion module (PM) and a Rover with an objective of developing and demonstrating new technologies required for Inter planetary missions. The Lander has capability to soft land at a specified lunar site and deploy the Rover which will carry out in-situ chemical analysis of the lunar surface during the course of its mobility. The Lander and the Rover have scientific payloads to carry out experiments on the lunar surface which will be helpful to the entire world to understand the moon and undertake future Lunar endeavours.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his address from Johannesburg, congratulated the Indian scientist and the entire nation. He remarked that the milestone is not just India's pride but a beacon of human endeavor and perseverance. Our efforts in science and space pave the way for a brighter tomorrow for all. 


24 August 2023