India’s mission to the moon, Chandrayaan 3, is nearly over

Indian mission landed on the surface of the moon on August 23 / Photo courtesy ISRO
Indian mission landed on the surface of the moon on August 23 / Photo courtesy ISRO

India’s Chandrayaan-3 mission to land on the Moon’s south pole is almost over as scientists have so far been unable to retrieve its lander and rover.

The Chandrayaan 3 mission landed at the Moon’s south pole in the last decade of August.

After the success of the mission, India became the fourth country in the world to make a soft landing on the Moon and the first country to reach the South Pole of the Moon.

But at the beginning of September, the Vikram lander and the Pragyan rover were put into sleep mode so that their electronics would not be damaged during the lunar night.

One lunar night is equivalent to 14 Earth days, during which the temperature drops to minus 250 degrees.

By switching them to sleep mode, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) scientists expected that the lander and rover could be reactivated after the night on the moon.

Both are solar-powered, so scientists expected sunlight to recharge their batteries.

But ISRO scientists have not been able to contact the lander and rover so far and say that the chances of their recovery are slim.

On September 22, he said that efforts to re-establish contact with the Vikram lander and Pragyan rover were underway, but no official details have been released since then.

According to ISRO, the Chandrayaan 3 mission’s communication efforts will continue till September 30, after which the lunar night will begin again.

If the attempt to restore the Chandrayaan 3 mission fails, then the mission will remain there as India’s lunar ambassador.

During its stay on the Moon, the Pragyan rover traveled up to 100 meters and transmitted images and data back to Earth, confirming the presence of other metals including sulphur, iron and oxygen on the surface.

It may be noted that the Chandrayaan 3 mission was launched on July 14, remained in Earth orbit for 10 days after launch, and after successfully entering lunar orbit on August 5, successfully landed at the South Pole of the Moon on August 23. had gone.

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