Bihar: on the preceding Friday, the Pragyan rover embarked on a traverse of the lunar surface, covering a span of 8 meters, as documented by ISRO.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) unveiled a fresh video on Saturday, displaying the movement of Chnadrayaan-3’s Pragyan rover at the ‘Shiv Shakti’ Point, the designated touchdown location of Chandrayaan-3 on the lunar landscape.
Shared on the X platform (previously Twitter), the Indian space agency conveyed, “Chandrayaan-3 Mission: 🔍What’s the latest? Pragyan rover exploring Shiv Shakti Point, uncovering lunar mysteries at the South Pole 🌗!”
Furthermore, the agency emphasized that two out of the three mission objectives have been achieved. These encompass demonstrating a secure and controlled landing on the lunar surface and showcasing the rover’s mobility on the moon’s terrain.
Moreover, ISRO conveyed that ongoing in-situ scientific experiments are progressing as planned, with all payloads operating within parameters.
During the previous day, the Pragyan rover successfully traversed the lunar landscape, covering a distance of 8 meters, as confirmed by ISRO. The rear wheels of the rover, bearing the insignias of ISRO and the Indian emblem, gently left their marks on the lunar regolith.
In the meantime, Prime Minister Narendra Modi engaged with and extended his felicitations to the ISRO scientists at the ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network Mission Control Complex (ISTRAC). He commended the Chandrayaan-3 team for their instrumental role in achieving the successful lunar landing.
Prime Minister Modi also announced that the landing site of Chandrayaan 3 would be named ‘Shiv Shakti’, while the location where Chandrayaan 2 made its mark would be dubbed ‘Tiranga’. He further designated August 23 as ‘National Space Day’ to commemorate the successful soft landing of Chandrayaan-3 on the moon.
Following a 40-day journey through space, the Chandrayaan-3 lander named ‘Vikram’ executed a gentle touchdown at the unexplored southern pole of the moon on Wednesday, marking India’s pioneering feat.
The Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft’s lander module, housing both the Vikram lander and the Pragyan rover, successfully landed near the southern polar region of the moon at 6.04 pm. This achievement followed the unfortunate crash of the Russian lander Luna-25.
Continuing the legacy of the 2019 Chandrayaan-2 mission, the current lunar program has three core objectives: achieving a secure and soft lunar landing, a feat unaccomplished during Chandrayaan-2; demonstrating the rover’s mobility on the lunar surface; and conducting on-site scientific experiments.