Chennai: ISRO scientists have taken forward the work to bring the lander and rover spacecraft of Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft back into operation.
The ‘Vikram’ lander and the ‘Pragyan’ rover vehicle of the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft sent by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully landed on the South Pole of the Moon on August 23. The 12 days of exploration with the lander and the rover crawling across the surface of the moon have provided us with a wealth of rare information. Through it, important features including the temperature of the moon, the elements there, and the nature of earthquakes were found.
Meanwhile, the movement of rover and lander spacecraft has been stopped as a precaution and they have been placed in sleeping mode (sleeping mode). Because the lander and rovers run on solar energy from solar panels. Both the cells were fully charged and switched to sleep mode as they could not generate electricity at night.
ISRO had announced that efforts would be made to put the lander and rover spacecraft into action when the day came on the moon. Accordingly, information has been received that the sun has started to rise in the South Pole region. In this case, everyone is looking forward to whether the lander and rover spacecraft will come back to life today (September 22) as planned. ISRO scientists are actively involved in the development.
Minus 200 degree cold: Nighttime temperatures on the moon can be as cold as minus 200 degrees. Therefore, the devices and engines in the lander and rover must be able to function again without damage in the cold weather environment. Although ISRO has made some preparations for this, it cannot be said that they will be fully fruitful.
Therefore, it is the expectation of scientists and science enthusiasts that rover and lander should survive the severe weather and operate again.