The Chandrayaan 3 mission, led by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), is approaching a critical phase as it prepares for the lunar night. ISRO Chief S Somanath announced that the agency is initiating a “sleep mode” operation for the Vikram lander and Pragyan rover as temperatures on the moon are expected to plummet to below -200 degrees Celsius during the night.
The Chandrayaan 3 mission, which involves exploring the lunar surface, has been a significant endeavor for ISRO. It has completed its planned exploration period, equivalent to one lunar day or approximately 14 Earth days.
Somanath provided an update on the mission during a congratulatory message following the successful launch of the Aditya L1 sun mission from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.
He revealed that both the Pragyan rover and Vikram lander are still functional. To ensure their survival during the harsh lunar night, ISRO is commencing the process of placing them in a sleep mode over the next one to two days.
The Pragyan rover has covered an impressive distance of around 100 meters from the lander, contributing valuable data to the mission’s objectives.
ISRO has been actively sharing scientific data from the Chandrayaan 3 mission, including seismic activity recordings and compositional findings from instruments like the Alpha Particle X-ray Spectroscope (APXS) and the Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscope (LIBS) onboard the rover. These findings provide valuable insights into the lunar composition and characteristics.
In addition to Chandrayaan 3’s progress, ISRO recently achieved another milestone with the successful launch of the Aditya L1 mission. This mission, India’s first space-based endeavor to study the Sun, aims to observe the Sun’s corona and gain a deeper understanding of its extreme heat.
ISRO continues to make significant strides in space exploration, further solidifying its reputation as a key player in the global space community.
Sources By Agencies