Rover Pragyan ramps down lander Vikram

Following Chandrayaan-3’s successful soft landing, the Indian Space Research Organization’s Pragyan rover was successfully placed on the Moon on Thursday.

This occurs just hours after the Vikram lander of India’s third lunar mission, Chandrayaan-3, made history on Wednesday night by landing on the moon.

“The Ch-3 Rover ramped down from the Lander and India took a walk on the moon,” said Isro in a post on X (formerly known as Twitter), adding that more mission updates would be shared soon.

Approximately the size of a microwave oven, the rover is intended to travel on the lunar surface for up to 500 metres (1,640 ft). It will carry out research on the atmosphere, mineralogy, and geology of the Moon.

Chandrayaan Mission

India’s third moon mission is called Chandrayaan-3. 2008 saw the launch of the first, Chandrayaan-1, which ran for two years. 2019 saw the launch of the second, Chandrayaan-2, which was unable to touch down on the moon.

Following China, the Soviet Union, and the United States, India is now the fourth nation to have made a soft landing on the moon thanks to the successful landing of Chandrayaan-3.

Deployed on the South Pole of the Moon, the Pragyan rover is the first of its kind. It has many different instruments, such as a magnetometer, spectrometer, and camera. The rover will carry out studies to learn more about the composition, mineralogy, and geological history of the Moon’s surface.

It is expected that the Pragyan rover will run for one lunar day, or roughly fourteen Earth days. It will communicate with the Chandrayaan-3 satellite and run on solar power.

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