Pragyan rover, part of the Chandrayaan-3 mission, has soft-landed on the moon’s south pole. The rover received instructions to reverse course after finding a crater a few meters ahead of its intended location. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is working to make the six-wheeled rover travel to as much unexplored south pole as possible before the lunar day ends.
The rover has already completed two of the mission’s three objectives, with the third objective, in-situ scientific experiments, remaining worked on. The mission’s payloads are all operating normally. The rover discovered a four-meter-diameter crater three meters ahead of its original location.
Chandrayaan-3: What has the Pragyan rover seen so far on the moon?
The robotic rover for Chandrayaan-3 rolled out of the lander and started mobility operations early on August 24. All activities finished on schedule, and all systems were in working order, according to the Indian space agency, which announced that “India took a walk on the moon.”
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Pragyan got ordered to turn around
The ‘Pragyan’ rover from the Chandrayaan-3 mission soft-landed on the moon’s south pole. On Monday, the Indian Space Research Organisation reported that Pragyan got ordered to turn around after coming across a crater on the lunar surface just meters in front of where it ought to be.
Pragyan is in a “race against time”
Nilesh M. Desai, director of the Space Applications Centre (SAC), stated on Sunday that the Chandrayaan-3’s Pragyan is in a “race against time”. He also said that the ISRO scientists are working to have the six-wheeled rover travel as much as possible. The objective is to explore unexplored south pole before the lunar day ends.
What Chandrayaan-3 of the ISRO discovered over the previous week:
# August 23:
The ISRO released the image taken by Vikram’s camera first. Saying that “it depicts an area of Chandrayaan-3’s landing site” shortly after the smooth landing on the lunar surface. The Mission Operations Complex (MOX) of the space agency in Bengaluru and the lander are maintaining a communication link, according to the ISRO.
# August 24:
The robotic rover for Chandrayaan-3 rolled out of the lander and started mobility operations early in the morning. With all activities proceeding according to plan and all systems functioning normally. The Indian space agency announced, “India took a stroll on the moon.”
# August 25:
The ISRO published a video showing the Pragyan rover exiting the Chandrayaan-3 Vikram lander and moving around on the lunar surface. Another video by the ISRO demonstrates how the Pragyan came down with the help of a two-segment ramp.
The Pragyan rover arrived about eight meters on the moon’s surface, and its payloads are now put on. According to an ISRO update that same evening.
# August 26:
Two of the three goals of the Chandrayaan-3 mission, according to the ISRO, have already been accomplished. While the third goal, in-situ scientific experiments, is currently being worked on. Additionally, it stated that the mission’s payloads are all operating normally.
# August 27:
An ISRO senior scientist conveyed disbelief at the high temperature standing on the moon after the space agency published a graph showing the temperature variance on the lunar surface.
# August 28:
According to the National Space Agency, Pragyan is safely traveling down a new path. According to the ISRO, the rover discovered a four-meter-diameter crater on August 27. Crator was three meters ahead of its original location.