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Significance of Chandrayaan-3 Mission and ISRO’s future mission

GS Paper 3

 Syllabus: Science and Technology: Space

 

Source: IE, IE

 Context: The article is in continuation of yesterday’s post on the Chandrayaan-3 Mission.

 

Significance of Chandrayaan-3 for India:

AspectsSignificance of Chandrayaan-3
Planetary ExplorationEstablishes India’s credentials as a serious player in planetary exploration
Space policiesGrants India the ability to contribute to and influence future space policies
Diplomatic OutreachEnhances India’s diplomatic relations and support in the international community
Technological AdvancementDemonstrates India’s advanced space technology capabilities
National InfluenceElevates India’s position in global space discussions and collaborations
Future CollaborationsPaves the way for partnerships with other space agencies and nations
Confidence and CapabilityBoosts India’s confidence to undertake complex space missions
Transition Reflects India’s progress from a developing country to a developed one

 

Other upcoming Planetary missions of ISRO:

  • Lunar Polar Exploration Mission (LUPEX): Aims to explore the Moon’s polar regions and shaded areas; Investigate water distribution and study lunar surface conditions.
  • XPoSat (X-ray Polarimeter Satellite): India’s first polarimetry mission; Studies dynamics of astronomical X-ray sources.
  • Aditya-L1: India’s first space-based solar observatory; Studies the Sun, including solar corona, emissions, winds, and flares.
  • NISAR (NASA ISRO SAR Mission): Joint mission by NASA and ISRO; Utilizes synthetic aperture radar (SAR) to map the entire globe in 12 days.

 

 

About LUPEX Mission:

AspectDetails
Mission LUPEX (Lunar Polar Exploration) is a collaborative mission between ISRO and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) scheduled for 2024-25.
Target AreaPolar regions of the Moon, including permanently shaded regions
ObjectivesExplore lunar polar regions, investigate water abundance, study lunar surface

conditions, and potential for establishing long-term stations

Power SourceOnboard battery for landing in permanently shaded areas
ComponentsLaunch vehicle and rover (contributed by JAXA)
Lander (provided by ISRO)
ImportanceAims to study regions of the Moon not well-illuminated by the Sun
Focuses on understanding water distribution and potential for future exploration
Investigate conditions for potential lunar habitats
Contributes to India’s lunar exploration capabilities