Chandrayaan-3: ISRO delays reviving Vikram Lander and Pragyan Rover on Moon

ISRO's process to awaken the Vikram lander and Pragyan rover on the moon faces a slight delay, but the hope remains.

| Updated on: Sep 22 2023, 19:29 IST
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1/5 Vikram lander and Pragyan rover have been in sleep mode for 14 days. Today is the day when ISRO will try to wake them up. It is a scary moment as they are not expected to wake up as the lunar cold and darkness may have killed them both. (ISRO)
2/5 ISRO scientists are now waiting for optimum sunrise so the temperature on the Moon rises. Once the weather is in the right condition, it will be time to activate and re-establish communication with the lander and the rover.  (ISRO)
3/5 Union Minister Jitendra Singh said that the Chandrayaan-3 mission will be starting its phase 2 in a few hours and he added, “When we sleep on Earth tonight, Vikram and Pragyan will perhaps wake up on the moon.” (ISRO)
4/5 Over the course of 14 days, the Vikram lander and Pragyan rover have contributed to various exceptional discoveries such as measuring the temperature of the lunar soil, finding th presence of sulphur and other elements, moonquake, and more.  (ISRO)
5/5 Now the whole country is waiting for the next chapter of the Chandrayaan-3 lunar mission with the awakening of Vikram lander and Pragyan. There are low chances of the mission to course, however, scientists have hopes that they will be able to make them operational again.  (ISRO)
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ISRO has postponed the reboot process for Pragyan and Vikram till tomorrow. (ISRO)

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) had plans to wake up the Vikram lander and Pragyan rover on the moon, but they had to push it to Saturday. The Director of the Space Applications Centre, Nilesh Desai, explained that they initially wanted to activate the rover and lander on September 22, but now they are going to do it on September 23 due to some reasons.

"ISRO's plan was to attempt to reactivate Vikram and Pragyan today evening, but due to some reasons they will not do it today and will attempt tomorrow," Desai said on X.

The Vikram lander and Pragyan rover had successfully landed on the moon's surface on August 23. They are located at a place called 'Shiv Shakti Point' on the Moon.

However, they had been put to sleep earlier this month after doing their lunar experiments. The rover went to sleep on September 2, and the lander followed on September 4.

Chandrayaan 3 Findings So Far

While they were active, they did some incredible lunar experiments. The Pragyan rover traveled over 100 meters on the lunar surface and found sulfur there. The Vikram lander also did groundbreaking research on the moon's plasma environment in the south polar region.

Originally, ISRO wanted the rover to go 300-350 meters, but it has only covered 105 meters so far. Nevertheless, the mission has been a success, with the Vikram lander even managing to hop on the moon's surface, which is a significant step for future moon missions and human exploration.

Now, if the solar panels can get enough sunlight to recharge the batteries successfully, the mission will continue, and scientists will gather more data from the lunar surface.

Additionally, K Sivan, the former chief of Isro, expressed hope for the wake-up call of the Vikram lander and Pragyan rover. He mentioned that everything depends on the system, particularly the small electronic parts like transmitters and receivers, and whether they can withstand the cold temperatures on the moon. If they do, the mission will continue successfully.

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First Published Date: 22 Sep, 19:29 IST