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Work begins on Chandrayaan-3 mission: ISRO

In its second attempt to soft-land on the moon, India began working on its third lunar mission — Chandrayaan-3 — which is scheduled for launch in early 2021, a top space official said on Wednesday.

“We have started working on our third lunar mission to land an unmanned spacecraft near the moon’s south pole. The project work has gained momentum to launch the lander and rover by early 2021,” Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K. Sivan said at a space event here.

On January 1, Sivan told the media here that the government had approved the ambitious mission for soft-landing of a spacecraft and a rover near the moon’s south pole in the later part of 2020 or early 2021.

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