According to experts, the Indian Space Research
Organization (ISRO) might collaborate with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
(JAXA) for a third lunar mission- Chandrayaan 3
Discussions about Chandrayaan 3 were first held
between ISRO and JAXA at the Asia Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum APRSAF-24-
organised by ISRO in Bengaluru in 2017.
APRSAF annual meetings are open fora for those
who have interest in cooperation in the field of space activities in the
Asia-Pacific region and are organised under four working groups namely ‘Space
Applications’, ‘Space Technology’, ‘Space Environment Utilisation’ and ‘Space
Recently, there is a widespread enthusiasm and
commercial interest in several countries for moon missions.
China has proposed its Chang’e 5 mission which will
be China’s first sample return mission. It aims to come back with least 2 kg of
lunar soil and rock samples back to the Earth.
The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space
Administration (NASA) has outlined plans to send humans back to the moon by
2024 in a mission called ARTEMIS.
Russia has announced Luna 26 mission which will
consist of a Soyuz rocket to descend a lander that will engage in exploring the
Japan has announced SLIM (Smart Lander for
Investigating Moon) mission.