'Chandrayaan-3' to be launched in first half of 2021

'Chandrayaan-3' will be launched in the first half of 2021, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said, indicating that there could be a slight delay in the launch of the third moon mission.

In written response to a question in Lok Sabha, Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office, Jitendra said four biological and two physical science experiments related to microgravity will be conducted during the 'Gaganyaan' project, India's manned mission to space.

Jitendra said the revised configuration takes care of the robustness in design, capacity enhancement for mission flexibility and at the same time retained the heritage of Chandrayaan-II to the extent possible.

"The tentative launch schedule for Chandrayaan III is first half of 2021. Chandrayaan III mission has been configured based on the lessons learnt from Chadrayaan II," Jitendra said.

Chandrayaan-II hard-landed on lunar surface last year.

The Indian Space Research Organisation had then resolved to launch the project again. It had said the project is likely to be launched by the end of the year.