He Indian mission Chandrayaan-3 scouts on the moonCompleted all assigned tasks Went into “Sleep Mode”.” Due to progressive lack of light Sun light At the lunar south pole, he must continue to work, and he will not see it again until September 22.
“The rover (Pragyan) has completed its mission. It is now safely shut down and in sleep mode. APXS and LIBS payloads are disabled. Data from these payloads are sent to Earth via the lander,” he said last night. Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on social network X (formerly Twitter).
However, Vikram Lander If that’s the case Active to settle Lu’s last hoursz At the southernmost point of the moon, ISRO spokesperson BHM Tarukesha told EFE that they expect it to enter sleep mode “within a few hours, maybe this Sunday or tomorrow.”
Both components of the Indian mission remain dormant About twenty days and its solar panels are on track to receive light at the next sunrise, scheduled for September 22, the space agency noted.
Both Pragyan and Vikram work through rays the sunAnd ISRO scientists don’t know if they will return to action on that date, or if instead they will never wake up again and remain dormant forever, Tarukesha added.
Chandrayaan-3 successfully landed on the South Pole of the Moon on August 23. It made India the first country to reach this region It was the fourth satellite to land on the moon after the US, Russia and China.
A fourteen-day countdown began today for the mission’s rover and lander to perform all their assigned tests until sunset.
At the time, roverAbout 23 kilograms, Chandra collected information and images of the lunar soil and studied the composition of the lunar surface using X-rays and lasers.
As a result of these studies, he discovered The presence of sulfur on the surface, as well as other elements such as aluminum, Calcium, Iron, Chromium, Titanium, Manganese, Silicon and Oxygen.
At the same time, All four lander payloads were analyzed for seismic activity On the Moon, they studied the heat flux and density of near-surface plasma, and attempted to measure the distance between Earth and its satellite with greater precision.
last days This mission coincides with the first successful launch Collect data on the outer layers of the Indian probe Nakshatra Raja, which left Earth yesterday and is expected to take four months to reach its destination, the fixed point in gravity between two celestial bodies 1.5 million kilometers from our planet.