The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has released a video of the Pragyan rover descending from the Vikram lander and strolling on the lunar surface. “The Chandrayaan 3 rover, created and constructed by India for the Moon, successfully arrived on the Moon’s surface,” according to ISRO’s official tweet. The space agency announced the start of Chandrayaan-3’s rover mobility operations, and all tasks are occurring as planned. The main aim of Chandrayaan-3 is to rove on the Moon, demonstrate safe landings, and perform in-situ scientific experiments.
Chandrayaan 3: Pragyan, a rover from the Vikram lander, is walking on the Moon
Chandrayaan-3’s rover movement tasks began, according to a statement from ISRO on Thursday. According to the space agency, all operations are occurring as planned, and all systems are in good shape.
ISRO shared a clip
The much-awaited video of the Pragyan rover descending from the Vikram lander and strolling on the lunar surface became public by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
On Friday, ISRO posted footage of Chandrayaan-3’s six-wheeled robotic vehicle Pragyan kicking out of the Vikram lander on X (formerly Twitter).
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About Chandrayaan 3’s successful landing
As the fourth nation to accomplish this feat and the first to reach the unexplored south pole of Earth’s only natural satellite, India made history on Wednesday with its third uncrewed Moon mission, Chandrayaan-3.
The Pragyan rover is now on the lunar soil
The Pragyan rover from Chandrayaan-3’s Vikram lander flipped out and is now on the lunar soil, the space agency said earlier on Thursday.
“Chandrayaan-3 Rover: Designed in India, Built for the MOON! India walked on the Moon after the Chandrayaan-3 Rover stepped down from the Lander! Coming soon: more updates,” it stated.
ISRO: Every operation is continuing as scheduled
Later, ISRO announced the start of Chandrayaan-3’s rover mobility operations. According to the space agency, all tasks are occurring as planned, and all systems are in good shape.
“Everything is happening as planned. Systems operate normally. The ILSA, RAMBHA, and ChaSTE Lander Module payloads are now operational. Mobility operations for the Rover began. On Sunday, the SHAPE cargo on the Propulsion Section turned ON,” according to a post on X.
The main aim of Chandrayaan 3
Chandrayaan-3 is a follow-up mission to Chandrayaan-2 with the goals of roving on the Moon, demonstrating safe and soft landings, and performing in-situ scientific experiments.
The space agency also released a two-minute video of the Moon that appeared by the Chandrayaan-3 lander’s camera just before its historic contact on the Moon.