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Chandrayaan-3's Vikram Lander To Separate From Its Propulsion Module Today

The impending separation paves the way for the dynamic duo – Vikram and rover Pragyaan – to embark on a remarkable lunar touchdown slated for August 23.

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Chandrayaan-3's Vikram lander is poised to separate from its propulsion module today, marking a pivotal step in India's lunar exploration endeavor. The dynamic duo, comprising the Vikram lander and the rover Pragyaan, are now on the cusp of a significant lunar touchdown scheduled for August 23.

Having completed a series of meticulously orchestrated lunar-bound maneuvers, Chandrayaan-3's spacecraft is now orchestrating the crucial phase of detaching Vikram from its propulsion counterpart. The journey commenced on July 14, when the spacecraft embarked on its celestial expedition, propelled by the formidable LVM3 rocket from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. Subsequently, on August 5, the spacecraft assumed lunar orbit, setting the stage for the impending lunar rendezvous on August 23, as NDTV reported. 

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Guided by the adept hands of ISRO, the mastermind orchestrating this celestial symphony, Chandrayaan-3 achieved an elliptical lunar orbit with dimensions measuring 153 kilometers by 163 kilometers – a meticulous dance of technology and precision. As Vikram readies itself for an independent orbital trajectory, it paves the way for a gentle lunar landing that holds promises of invaluable insights.

The climax of this cosmic odyssey draws near as Vikram embarks on its descent, seeking a harmonious connection with the Moon's terrain. Amidst this carefully choreographed lunar performance, Pragyaan takes the spotlight, employing its laser technology to unlock the mysteries concealed within the lunar regolith, unraveling the intricate secrets of lunar gases.

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