Chandrayaan-3’s Pragyan Rover Takes Historic Steps on Lunar Surface

Chandrayaan-3, India’s third lunar mission, wrote history on Wednesday night when the Vikram lander landed on the lunar surface. The Pragyan rover started out on its journey after the dust had fallen on Earth’s sole satellite. The Vikram lander‘s protective confines, where the Pragyan rover was kept, have now allowed it to roll out onto the Moon’s surface.

First Steps on Lunar Soil

“The Ch-3 Rover ramped down from the Lander and India took a walk on the moon,” said the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro), adding that more mission updates would be shared soon. The Pragyaan rover’s main goal is to conduct in-situ scientific investigations on the lunar surface. By revealing the geological mysteries of the Moon, these investigations will offer priceless information on the structure and background of the body. Following the touchdown, the Vikram lander and Pragyan rover’s mission will last 14 days, which is the length of time that sunlight will be seen close to the lunar South Pole. The lander and rover should run out of power after 14 days.

Joining the Lunar Landing Elite and Pioneering the South Pole

India entered the select group of four nations in the Moon race that have successfully landed spacecraft on the planet’s satellite. More significantly, India is the first nation to have a spacecraft land near the lunar south pole. The first photograph taken by the Landing Imager Camera following touchdown on the surface of the Moon was released by the Indian Space Research Organisation. Isro said the ‘image shows a portion of Chandrayaan-3‘s landing site on lunar surface.’

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