In an eagerly anticipated event, ISRO is now preparing to reestablish communication with its lunar mission Chandrayaan-3’s solar-powered lander, Vikram, and rover, Pragyan.
As dawn breaks on the Moon, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is readying efforts to revive the lander and rover so they can resume their scientific experiments. Both components were strategically placed into sleep mode on September 4 and 2 respectively, prior to the onset of the lunar night.
The main hurdle for ‘Pragyan and Vikram’ lies in reactivation after enduring the extreme cold of approximately -200 degrees Celsius on the Moon’s surface. Should the instruments on board successfully withstand these frigid temperatures, the modules can be reactivated, and their mission to relay crucial lunar data may resume for the next fourteen days.
The process involves feeding commands to the rover to initiate movement, followed by a similar procedure for the lander module. All eyes are on this critical phase as ISRO endeavors to reignite the mission’s prospects.