Pragyan rover on the Moon: "Like a child frolicking on Chandamama", says ISRO

ISRO explained that this rotation was conducted to search for a safe route for Pragyan rover.

| Updated on: Sep 02 2023, 09:40 IST
Chandrayaan-3 Moon mission: 5 facts to know
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1/7 The Chandrayaan-3 mission was launched on July 14 from Sri Harikota, India's main spaceport in  Andhra Pradesh. From the day of its launch, Chandrayaan-3  has looped through progressively wider-ranging orbits of Earth. It then transferred to a lunar orbit and emerged as a focus of national pride. Our Moon mission become a global interest after Russia's Moon mission Luna-25  failed to land on the moon. (PTI)
Chandrayaan-3 Pragyan rover
2/7 The landing of  Chandrayaan-3 is aimed at the lunar south pole. Lunar south pole is a region that may have water ice or frozen water. It can be an abundant source of oxygen, fuel, and water that can be extremely important for future moon missions. (AFP)
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3/7 Chandrayaan-3 will be functional for two weeks if it lands successfully on the lunar surface. It will run various experiments which will include a spectrometer analysis of the mineral composition of the surface of the moon. (via REUTERS)
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4/7 The lander of the Chandrayaan-3 mission is about 2m tall. Its mass is said to be about  1,700 kg (3,747.86 lb) which can deploy a small 26 Kg lunar rover. (HT_PRINT)
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5/7 For the smooth landing of the  Chandrayaan-3 on the south pole of the Moon, rough terrain can be a great hurdle. However, adjustments have been made by ISRO scientists that will help Chandrayaan-3 to stick its landing. (ISRO)
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6/7 The adjustments include a system to broaden the potential landing zone and the lander has been equipped with more fuel and sturdier legs to be more effective. (REUTERS)
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7/7 If this mission becomes successful, it would make India the fourth country to successfully land on the moon, after the former USSR, the United States, and China, and India will be able to mark its emergence as a strong space power. ISRO will telecast the planned Chandrayaan-3  landing starting from 1720 IST (1150 GMT) on August 23, 2023. (ISRO twitter)
Chandrayaan-3 Pragyan rover
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There is a lack of tectonic activities and atmosphere on the Moon, because of which the Moon is filled with craters and they appear to be frozen. (HT_PRINT)

In the meanwhile, India is yet again on its way to achieving a victorious milestone as Aditya-L1 is about to launch in a few hours. Meanwhile, the Chandrayaan-3 mission is on its own journey to explore the Moon. On August 23, 2023, history was made as India's Chandrayaan-3 mission successfully executed a 'soft landing' on the lunar surface, specifically on the Moon's south pole.

Safe Landing of Vikram Lander

The world watched in anticipation as Vikram safely descended to the Moon's surface. The first crucial step in this mission was to deploy Pragyan. As Pragyan rolled out of the lander and onto the Moon's surface, it marked a historic moment as humanity's first representation to explore the lunar south pole region.

ISRO keeps updating about the Pragyan regularly by sharing images and videos on X (formely Twitter).

Pragyan rover taking turns!

In a recent video shared by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Pragyan was observed executing a 180-degree turn. This maneuver was essential as the rover had approached a stunning yet dangerous crater during its exploration.ISRO explained that this rotation was conducted to search for a safe route for Pragyan.

ISRO tweeted on August 31 "The rover was rotated in search of a safe route.The rotation was captured by a Lander Imager Camera. It feels as though a child is playfully frolicking in the yards of Chandamama, while the mother watches affectionately. Isn't it?”

Moon's atmosphere

There is a lack of tectonic activities and atmosphere on the Moon, because of which the Moon is filled with craters and they appear to be frozen. These craters are estimated to be from millions of years ago. Scientists believe that on the permanently shadowed areas of the Moon, there must be the presence of ice, which develops the interest of various space agencies to visit the south pole of the Moon.

Pragyan achieved a significant milestone by confirming the presence of sulfur among other elements. This discovery added another layer of significance to this historic mission. Additionally, on August 30, Pragyan captured, the Vikram lander, in an image from a few meters away, showcasing the remarkable capabilities of this rover.

It will be interesting to witness what other turns this mission takes to reveal the hidden secrets of the Moon.

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First Published Date: 02 Sep, 09:39 IST