ISRO ready to establish contact with Chandrayaan 3’s lander and rover

Last updated: September 21, 2023
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The Indian Space Research Organization is set to establish contact with Chandrayaan 3’s lander and rover, which were put on sleep mode 14 days after sunset on the moon. Tomorrow, when the lunar day breaks on the Moon, the solar panels on the lander Vikram and the rover Pragyan will charge their batteries. The focus is on Shiva Shakti Point on the Moon where two payloads are currently sleeping near the Moon’s south pole. When new dawn dawns on the Moon, ISRO’s ground stations will attempt to revive the module and on-board scientific instruments once optimal sunlight is available.

This is possible only if the onboard electronics can withstand the extremely cold night temperatures on the Moon which drop to minus 200 degrees Celsius. In its previous stint of 14 days in August, the lander and rover had transmitted important scientific data and observations to ground stations. The presence of sulfur and other minerals was confirmed in it. The lander module was also successful in the hop experiment when the module jumped 40 cm above the surface and landed safely about 30 to 40 cm from its original location. This proved ISRO’s ability to start the lander’s engines and generate thrust. In the coming days, this capability will help ISRO to return its module to Earth after collecting samples from the Moon.

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