ISRO’s Pragyan Rover Completes Moon Assignments and Prepares for Rest
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has delivered exciting news as the Pragyan rover, part of the Chandrayaan-3 mission, has successfully completed its tasks on the Moon’s surface. The rover is now safely parked and has entered sleep mode. Furthermore, the solar panel has been strategically positioned to capture sunlight during the next expected sunrise on September 22, 2023.
ISRO shared this milestone on X (formerly Twitter), stating, “The Rover completed its assignments. It is now safely parked and set into Sleep mode. APXS and LIBS payloads are turned off. Data from these payloads is transmitted to the Earth via the Lander. Currently, the battery is fully charged. The solar panel is oriented to receive the light at the next sunrise expected on September 22, 2023. The receiver is kept on.”
Hoping for a successful reawakening for another set of assignments, ISRO added, “Else, it will forever stay there as India’s lunar ambassador.”
Chandrayaan-3 Mission Overview
The Chandrayaan-3 mission marks another significant step in India’s space exploration journey. This mission’s primary objective was to deploy the Pragyan rover on the Moon’s surface, equipped with advanced scientific instruments and payloads.
Key Highlights of Chandrayaan-3 Mission:
|Successfully completed assignments and in sleep mode.
|Oriented for the next sunrise on September 22, 2023.
|APXS and LIBS payloads turned off; data transmitted via the Lander.
|Fully charged and ready for future operations.
This successful outcome demonstrates ISRO’s exceptional capabilities in executing complex space missions and further enhances India’s reputation in the global space community.
Aditya L1 Solar Mission Launch
ISRO’s achievements are not limited to lunar exploration. On the same day as the Pragyan rover’s success, ISRO also celebrated the successful launch of its first solar mission, Aditya L1, from the Sriharikota spaceport. This mission aims to study the Sun’s outermost layer, the corona, and provide valuable insights into solar activities and their impact on Earth.
Pragyan Rover’s Lunar Traverse
While the Chandrayaan-3 mission was in progress, ISRO posted an update on X regarding Pragyan Rover’s lunar traverse. The rover has covered a distance of over 100 meters on the Moon’s surface and continues its journey, contributing to our understanding of the lunar environment.
ISRO tweeted, “Pragyan 100*..Meanwhile, over the Moon, Pragyan Rover has traversed over 100 meters and continuing.”
As the Chandrayaan-3 mission unfolds, it is scheduled to conclude within the next seven days. This marks the culmination of a remarkable endeavor that has showcased India’s dedication to space exploration and its commitment to advancing scientific knowledge.
Stay tuned for further updates on ISRO’s achievements and the Chandrayaan-3 mission’s final moments as it contributes valuable data and insights from the lunar surface.