Indian rover “Pragyan” “fell asleep” on the moon

“Awakening” is scheduled for September 22

The Indian Space Research Organization ISRO shared an update on how the Chandrayaan-3 mission to explore the Moon is progressing. This time it is reported that the lunar rover “Pragyan” (“knowledge”, “wisdom”) was put into sleep mode on the surface of the Earth’s natural satellite.

Pragyan
Pragyan

On the ISRO blog on social network X (formerly Twitter}, the mission team says:

Rover has done its job. It is now safely parked and put into sleep mode.

As noted in ISRO, the research equipment on board the lunar rover is turned off, the lunar rover receiver is left on, and research data is transmitted to Earth through the lander. The rover’s battery is now fully charged and the solar panel is oriented to receive light at the next sunrise, which is expected on September 22, 2023.

Indian rover “Pragyan” “fell asleep” on the moon

A day earlier, ISRO published a message that the Pragyan had traveled more than 100 meters and was continuing to move.

Pragyan
Pragyan

Let us remember that Chandrayaan-3 (Chandrayaan-3) is the third ISRO station for lunar exploration and the second attempt by India to carry out a soft landing of equipment on the surface of the Moon. The first attempt was Chandrayaan-2 almost four years ago, but then the lander and rover crashed into the Moon due to a software glitch. Chandrayaan-3 successfully made a soft landing on August 23, 2023. On August 24, the journey of the Pragyan rover on the Moon began. It is planned that the lunar rover will work on the surface of the Earth’s natural satellite for one lunar day (14 Earth days).

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