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Chandrayaan-3: ISRO set to Initiate Automatic Landing Sequence

Chandrayaan-3 Landing today

India is about to make history once again! After the disappointment of Chandrayaan 2, Chandrayaan-3 is here to rewrite the story. This incredible lunar mission is set to make a gentle landing on the moon today at 18:04 Hrs. IST. Equipped with advanced technology, India will join an exclusive group of countries that have successfully landed on the moon. ISRO is all set to initiate the Automatic Landing Sequence (ALS), while awaiting the arrival of Lander Module (LM) at the designated point, around 17:44 Hrs. IST

Nail-Biting Descent: Chandrayaan-3's Critical Phase

Chandrayaan-3’s heart-pounding descent is the most intense part of its journey. Starting 30km above the moon, the spacecraft slows down gradually, leading to a near-motionless soft landing. This controlled precision is a far cry from a crash landing.

ISRO’s chief, S. Somnath, radiates confidence in the mission’s success, emphasizing rigorous testing and enhanced craft resilience. The pivotal moment arrives as Chandrayaan-3 shifts from horizontal to vertical orientation, a once-troublesome maneuver now ingeniously tackled by ISRO’s dedicated engineers.

Rover's Mission: Unveiling Lunar Secrets

Once safely on the moon, the rover emerges from the lander’s belly to analyze the lunar surface. Operating for one lunar day (about 14 Earth days) under the sun’s glow, it’s a race against time. The lunar night, with its chilling minus 180-degree Celsius temperatures, poses a daunting challenge. Yet, the potential for survival showcases ISRO’s technological prowess.

Amid this exploration race, Chandrayaan-3 could secure India’s spot as the fourth nation to soft-land on the moon and the first at its south pole, igniting hopes of water discovery and future space exploration possibilities.

Tense Countdown: 15 Minutes of Suspense

The final 15-minute descent marks a nerve-wracking phase, described by K Sivan as “15 minutes of terror.” This pivotal period decides the mission’s fate as the Lander transitions and minimizes descent speed, shifting from a horizontal to a vertical position. Precision is fueled by computer logic, guiding the Lander’s journey from 30km to 7.42km above the lunar surface, showcasing ISRO’s strategic expertise.

Front Row to History: Witnessing the Victory

For those eager to witness this historic moment, ISRO offers various platforms for live streaming. The official ISRO website, Facebook page, YouTube channel, as well as prominent channels like National Geographic and Disney+ Hotstar will provide front-row seats to Chandrayaan-3’s remarkable achievement.

Final Note

Amid our space fascination, Chandrayaan-3’s victory heralds India’s scientific stride. Armed with innovation and unwavering spirit, India’s lunar impact beckons—a story for eternity, etched on the moon’s canvas and in our cosmic dreams. Join us in witnessing history, as dreams land softly on the moon’s embrace.

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