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Thursday, July 18, 2024

Chandrayaan-3: ISRO Will Try To Resurrect Pragyaan Rover And Vikram Lander At Lunar Sunrise

<p>Scientists from ISRO are striving to reactivate Chandrayaan 3’s Vikram Lander and the Pragyaan rover, which have been dormant on the Moon’s Shiv Shakti point for around half a month while braving subzero temperatures of -200 degrees Celsius.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-192926″ src=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-ten-year-ban-on-us-funding-for-wuhan-virology-institute-because-of-concerns-about-.jpg” alt=”theindiaprint.com ten year ban on us funding for wuhan virology institute because of concerns about” width=”1222″ height=”813″ srcset=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-ten-year-ban-on-us-funding-for-wuhan-virology-institute-because-of-concerns-about-.jpg 275w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-ten-year-ban-on-us-funding-for-wuhan-virology-institute-because-of-concerns-about–150×100.jpg 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 1222px) 100vw, 1222px” title=”Chandrayaan-3: ISRO Will Try To Resurrect Pragyaan Rover And Vikram Lander At Lunar Sunrise 3″></p>
<p>ISRO authorities have made it clear that they want to use Thursday and Friday to try to restart the lander module and the rover by using the increased amount of sunlight on the Moon. They do admit that there is little chance of getting the gear back to work completely, but they may be able to wake up the lander and rover with certain limitations.</p>
<p>The South Pole of the Moon may experience very cold temperatures, and both the Vikram Lander and the Pragyaan rover are presently stationed there. These modules have remained without sunlight for half a month, while being initially intended to operate for one lunar day, which is equal to 14 Earth days.</p>
<p>S. Somnath, the chairman of ISRO, expressed his hope that sunlight will reach the Moon’s South Pole so that Chandrayaan 3’s gear could be repaired. S. Somnath added, “We can only hope to see the machinery back in action on September 22.”</p>
<p>Regarding the hardware’s condition, it should be noted that it was intended for them to enter a dormant state on September 2 when the moon set. The modules were placed to catch the dawn during the lunar eclipse, and the solar-powered batteries were left charged.</p>
<p>It is important to note that India’s Chandrayaan 3 mission was an outstanding success, with the Vikram Lander carrying out the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the Moon. With this accomplishment, India became the first country to land on the Moon’s South Pole and the fourth country overall, after the US, China, and Russia, to safely land on the Moon’s surface. Launched on the Launch Vehicle Mark-III (LVM-3) rocket on July 14, the Chandrayaan-3 mission set off on a 41-day trek to the lunar South Pole and a gentle landing there.</p>
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