Chandrayaan 3 Update: India made history on Wednesday by becoming the first country in the world to make a soft landing near the Moon’s South Pole. India also became only the fourth country to make a soft landing on the Moon after Russia, US and China.
Chandrayaan 3 has life for 14 days equivalent to one lunar day. They will become inactive without sun, but may come back to life when the sun rises again.
Notably, the Chandrayaan-3 Mission livestream by ISRO captured the attention of over 80 lakh peak concurrent viewers (PCVs) took the top spot in terms of peak concurrent views on YouTube, as per Sacnilk.com data.
The Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft took off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh on July 14. Chandrayaan-3 was successfully inserted into the lunar orbit on August 5 and went through multiple key maneuvers in the ensuing weeks
What is the purpose of Chandrayaan-3 mission?
After the successful touch down of Vikram lander on the Moon’s surface, Pragyan rover ‘ramped down’ and took a ‘walk on the moon’, ISRO informed today.
For the next 14 days or one lunar day, six wheeled rover will study the surface of the moon for several elements including magnesium, silicon, potassium, calcium and iron. It will also assist in understanding the Moon’s atmosphere, and day and night cycles. The rover will study the surface of the moon through its payloads APXS – Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer – to derive the chemical composition and infer mineralogical composition to further enhance understanding of the lunar surface.
Here is how the Lander Imager Camera captured the moon’s image just prior to touchdown. pic.twitter.com/PseUAxAB6G
— ISRO (@isro) August 24, 2023
What happens to the Chandrayaan-3 after two weeks?
According to sources, after two weeks, there will be night on the moon for the next 14 days and since Vikram and Pragyan can only work in the sun, they will become inactive there. However, ISRO scientists have not ruled out the possibility of the duo coming back to life when the sun rises again.
Will Chandrayaan 3 come back to earth?
No, Vikram and Pragyan are not supposed to come back to the earth. They will remain on the moon.