The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is gearing up to re-establish contact with its Chandrayaan-3 mission’s Vikram lander and Pragyan rover. The lander and rover have been in sleep mode for the past fifteen days. However, with the arrival of sunlight at the Shiv Shakti Point, there is hope for improved operational conditions.
According to media reports, ISRO has revealed that sunrise has occurred at the Chandrayaan-3 landing site in the lunar south polar region, and they are awaiting the recharge of batteries. Officials have stated their optimism for re-establishing communication with the Vikram lander and Pragyan rover.
They mentioned that this moment of sunrise is crucial for the mission, as it will provide the necessary warmth to keep the lander and rover operational. ISRO has indicated that they will wait for temperatures to rise to a certain level before initiating communication attempts on September 22.
Launched on July 14, 2023, the Chandrayaan-3 mission has already achieved significant milestones, making India the fourth country to successfully land on the Moon and the first to do so near the lunar south pole. The primary objective of the mission is to explore the scientifically intriguing region, believed to contain significant amounts of water.
The Vikram lander and Pragyan rover have been conducting various experiments since their landing on August 23. They have measured the electron density in the lunar exosphere and captured the first images of the lunar surface from the Chandrayaan-3 mission. However, lunar nights halt operations as the battery-powered vehicles cannot function without sunlight.
ISRO hopes that with the arrival of the lunar morning, if the electronics survive the frigid lunar nights, the mission can resume its unprecedented exploration efforts.