NamesLunar Polar Exploration[1][2]
Mission typeLunar lander, rover
OperatorJAXA / ISRO
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerJAXA: launcher and rover
ISRO: lander
Start of mission
Launch dateSuggested: 2024[1][2]
ContractorJAXA / ISRO
Moon lander
Landing siteLunar pole

Chandrayaan-3 (Sanskrit: [tɕɐndɽaːjaːn]; lit: Moon craft[3][4] About this soundpronunciation ) is a robotic space mission concept by Japan's space agency JAXA[5][6] and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) that would send a lunar rover and lander to explore a polar region of the Moon in 2024.[1][2] JAXA is likely to provide the launch vehicle and the rover, while ISRO would be responsible for the lander.[6]

The mission concept has not yet been formally proposed for funding and planning.[7] If approved, it would be the third mission of India's Chandrayaan programme.

The mission would demonstrate new surface exploration technologies related to vehicular transport and lunar night survival etc. for sustainable lunar exploration in polar regions.[8] Water prospecting, sample collection and analysis are likely to be mission objectives.[6]


  1. ^ a b c After Mars, ISRO to Set a Date with Venus. Trak. Malvika Gurung. 20 May 2019.
  2. ^ a b c After Reaching Mars, India's Date With Venus In 2023 Confirmed, Says ISRO. U. Tejonmayam, India Times. 18 May 2019.
  3. ^ "chandra". Spoken Sanskrit. Retrieved 5 November 2008.
  4. ^ "yaana". Spoken Sanskrit. Retrieved 5 November 2008.
  5. ^ "'Chandrayaan-2 will be the stepping stone for human landing on the Moon'". The Asian Age. 2019-06-16. Retrieved 2019-06-21.
  6. ^ a b c "Episode 82: Jaxa and International Collaboration with Professor Fujimoto Masaki". AstrotalkUK. 2019-01-04. Retrieved 2019-06-21.
  7. ^ ISRO planning 7 interplanetary missions, Venus on the to-do list. Sidharth MP, DNA. 18 May 2019.
  8. ^ Sasaki, Hiroshi (17 June 2019). "JAXA's Lunar Exploration Activities" (PDF). UNOOSA. p. 8. Retrieved 9 July 2019.