Pragyan rover encounters massive crater on Moon, ISRO reroutes its path
Swift measures were taken to chart a safer trajectory for the solar-powered rover
Monday afternoon saw ISRO’s Twitter account come alive with news of the rover’s incredible escape.
Pragyan, the six-wheeled wonder, not only identified the looming crater but managed to position itself at a secure three-meter distance from the perilous edge.
Swift measures were taken to chart a safer trajectory for the solar-powered rover.
As Pragyan embarks on its journey through this largely uncharted lunar region, it promises to unlock mysteries and transmit invaluable scientific data and captivating images over the next two weeks.
With only ten days remaining for the lunar day to conclude, Nilesh M Desai, Director of the Space Applications Centre (SAC), has voiced urgency.
The Chandrayaan-3’s Pragyan rover is now engaged in a “race against time.”
ISRO scientists are in a determined pursuit to cover maximal ground across the unexplored South pole region utilizing the rover’s six wheels.
Desai emphasized that while two primary objectives of the moon mission, soft landing, and rover movement, have been achieved, the mission’s third crucial objective is currently in progress.
The space agency has also shared a temperature variation graph depicting lunar surface conditions with depth.
This data, collected by the ChaSTE payload aboard Chandrayaan-3’s Vikram lander module, is crucial for understanding lunar thermal dynamics.
Notably, India achieved a historic milestone on August 23 by successfully landing the Chandrayaan-3 lander module on the Moon’s South pole.
With this remarkable feat, India joins an elite group of nations – the US, China, and Russia – that have left their footprints on the lunar canvas.
The saga of India’s lunar exploration continues to capture the world’s imagination, reaffirming the nation’s prowess in space exploration.