India’s groundbreaking lunar mission ‘Chandrayaan 3’ officially ends as both rover and lander enter ‘sleep mode’, sunsets and freezes that can destroy electronic components Ready for the conditions. But engineers at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) are confident the rover will launch again when the sun rises on the moon in two weeks.
The mission gently landed the Vikram lander near the lunar south pole on August 23, making India the first country to explore the region. Her six-wheeled rover called Pragyang, which weighs only 26 kilograms, rolls to the surface, and two solar-powered rover utilize her single daylight period (about 14 Earth days) to experiment. was carried out.
Chandrayaan 3 immediately began delivering new scientific data from a number of instruments, including ChaSTE, an instrument on the lander that samples the temperature of subsurface moondust, and ILSA, which records seismic activity.
The Vikram lander also made a second soft touchdown to the lunar surface in the ‘Hop’ experiment, according to ISRO Announced on Twitter today. Engineers on Earth instructed it to start the engines, climb to a height of 40 centimeters, travel 30 to 40 centimeters laterally, and then soft-land again. A video of the test shows how the trail left by the rover is quickly obscured by the moon’s dust cloud as the engine fires. Then, as the lander landed, turned off its engines, and the dust settled, it appeared some distance away.
ISRO said the experiment was “enthusiastic for future sample return and manned missions,” both of which would require not only a soft landing, but also a subsequent takeoff for return to Earth. After a successful hop, the lander redeployed the rover ramp and restarted the science payloads ChaSTE and ILSA to make further measurements at the new location.
On September 2, ISRO announced that the Playa rover had traveled a distance of 100 meters, although it had to adjust its course to avoid an en route crater. Just eight hours later, it was announced that the Chandrayaan 3 mission was complete and the hardware was working properly. Entered “sleep mode” Temperatures can drop to -238°C (-394°F) before sunset. The science payload is switched off, all data is transmitted to Earth via the lander, and the solar panels are in the perfect position to start generating electricity the next sunrise, expected on September 22nd. directed.
ISRO did not respond to a request for an interview. said in a tweet: “I wish you a successful awakening for your next mission! If not, you will stay there forever as India’s ambassador to the Moon.”
On September 4, the group announced the following: The lander about 100 meters away from the dormant rover also went into sleep mode., all activity on the moon ceases. Both the rover and lander are designed to harvest solar power when available and start up to resume communication with Earth, unless the hardware is damaged by the cold.
Officially, the mission was supposed to last only one day of the month, but there is some optimism that the hardware will wake up again. Mission Operations Director M. Srikanth said to Indian era At the start of the project, engineers said they were “confident” that the rover and lander would be revived after the lunar night.
“So far all margins have been good and I am confident that we will have the lander and rover back by nightfall. Even so, the mission is complete.” Srikanth said..