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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has prioritized astronaut safety by identifying 48 international water locations as backup splashdown sites for the Gaganyaan mission, according to senior officials involved in the project.

While the primary landing zone for the mission module is the Arabian Sea, where Indian rescue teams will be stationed, unforeseen circumstances during the mission could necessitate an alternative landing location.

“Every mission has an ideal scenario, but it’s crucial to have backup plans in case things deviate from that,” explained a senior ISRO official. “For Gaganyaan, if everything proceeds as planned, the module will land in Indian waters. However, we have identified 48 alternative sites internationally to ensure crew and module safety in any situation.”

These additional landing zones demonstrate ISRO’s meticulous planning and commitment to a successful and safe Gaganyaan mission.