Real-time Updates: Chandrayaan-3's Momentous Moon Touchdown Approaching in Less than 4 Hours

Real-time Updates: Chandrayaan-3's Momentous Moon Touchdown Approaching in Less than 4 Hours

Chandrayaan-3's Lunar Touchdown Today: Embarking on a journey from its launch in July to this anticipated moon landing, India's third lunar mission has traversed a considerable distance. The ISRO Vikram Lander Module is set to achieve lunar touchdown around 6:04 pm today, followed by the deployment of the Pragyan rover.

The pivotal phase of the mission lies in the final leg of the landing. Approximately 20 minutes prior to landing, ISRO will initiate the Automatic Landing Sequence (ALS). This sequence empowers the Vikram LM to take control, utilizing its onboard computers and algorithms to pinpoint a suitable landing site and execute a gentle landing on the moon's surface.

Experts underline the paramount significance of the last 15 to 20 minutes in ensuring the mission's triumph, during which Chandrayaan-3's Vikram lander is poised for a soft landing. People across India and around the world are offering their prayers for the success of Chandrayaan-3's landing today.

Taking into account the setbacks experienced during India's second lunar mission, which encountered difficulties in the final 20 minutes of landing, ISRO has exercised heightened caution in the current undertaking. Given the heightened risk to the spacecraft just moments before lunar landing, this time frame has been aptly described by many as the "20 or 17 minutes of terror." In this phase, the entire process becomes autonomous, with the Vikram lander autonomously igniting its engines at precise times and altitudes.

If the Vikram LM successfully accomplishes its lunar landing today, India will join the ranks of the select nations that have achieved secure and triumphant moon landings. Up to this point, China, Russia, and the Soviet Union have achieved this feat.

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