India’s Chandrayaan-3 Lunar Mission Poised for Crucial Moon Landing Today
After a journey that began with a launch in July, India’s third lunar mission, Chandrayaan-3, is on the brink of an ambitious and historic moment: landing on the Moon’s surface. The nation’s collective eyes are on the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) as they attempt to make history with Vikram Lander Module, set to land at approximately 6:04 pm today.
Following the landing, Vikram will deploy the Pragyan rover, allowing for further exploration of the lunar surface and continuing India’s advancements in space technology.
The Chandrayaan-3 mission’s success hangs on the final moments leading up to the landing. Experts have pinpointed the last 15 to 20 minutes as the most critical phase of the mission. During this time, the Automatic Landing Sequence (ALS) will be initiated, putting Vikram in command. The lander’s onboard computers will use their logic systems to identify a suitable landing spot and ensure a gentle touchdown on the Moon.
The nation’s hearts and minds are with the ISRO team as Indians around the globe pray for a successful Chandrayaan-3 landing.
The memory of India’s second lunar mission, which unfortunately failed during the last moments before landing, looms large. This historical context has led ISRO to approach Chandrayaan-3’s landing with extra caution.
The precarious moments leading up to the landing are fraught with high risk. Many have referred to this critical phase as the “20 or 17 minutes of terror.” During this autonomous stage, Vikram will have to ignite its engines at precise times and altitudes, leaving no room for error.
How to watch Chandrayaan-3 Moon Landing?
The excitement and anticipation surrounding Chandrayaan-3’s Moon landing are palpable, not only within India but around the world. For those eager to witness this momentous event, a direct link to watch Vikram LM’s landing live on YouTube is available here.