|Names||Lunar Polar Exploration|
|Mission type||Lunar lander, rover, sample-return|
|Operator||ISRO / JAXA|
JAXA: launcher and rover
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||Suggested: 2024|
|Rocket||H3 (rocket) |
|Launch site||LA-Y, Tanegashima|
|Landing site||South polar region|
Chandrayaan-3 (Sanskrit: [tɕɐndɽaːjaːn]; transl. Moon-craft, pronunciation (help·info)) is a robotic sample-return lunar mission concept by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Japan's space agency JAXA that would send a lunar rover and lander to explore the south pole region of the Moon in 2024. JAXA is likely to provide the under-development H3 launch vehicle and the rover, while ISRO would be responsible for the lander.
The mission would demonstrate new surface exploration technologies related to vehicular transport and lunar night survival for sustainable lunar exploration in polar regions with payload capacity of "several-hundred kilograms". Water prospecting, sample collection and analysis, and sample-return, are likely to be mission objectives. Payload proposals from other space agencies might be sought.
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