“India Took A Stroll On Moon”: Pragyan Rover Embarks On 14-Day Lunar Mission

The rover will perform in-situ chemical evaluation of the lunar floor.


Chandrayaan-3 mission’s Lander Module which touched down on the lunar floor, has rolled out the rover, Pragyan, with ISRO saying “India took a stroll on the moon”.

On its official X deal with, ISRO mentioned the “rover ramped down.” “Chandrayaan-3 ROVER: Made in India–Made for the Moon! The Ch-3 Rover ramped down from the lander and India took a stroll on the moon!,” it mentioned. Official sources had earlier confirmed the event.

President Droupadi Murmu congratulated the ISRO staff for the profitable deployment of Pragyan.

“Its rolling out a couple of hours after the touchdown of Vikram marked the success of yet one more stage of Chandrayaan 3. I look ahead with pleasure, alongside my fellow residents and scientists, to the knowledge and analyses that Pragyan will purchase and enrich our understanding of the moon”, she mentioned.

In precision touchdown, Chandrayaan 3’s LM Vikram touched down the lunar floor at 6.04 pm on Wednesday, sending the nation into wild celebrations.

The ISRO had earlier mentioned the 26 kg six-wheeled rover was scheduled to descend from the lander’s stomach, onto the Moon’s floor, utilizing one in every of its facet panels as a ramp.

The lander (Vikram) and rover (Pragyan) — with a complete mass of 1,752 kg — are designed to function for one lunar daylight interval (about 14 Earth days) to review the environment there.

Nonetheless, ISRO officers don’t rule out the potential of them coming to life for an additional lunar day.

The rover will perform in-situ chemical evaluation of the lunar floor through the course of its mobility.

Each the lander and the rover have scientific payloads to hold out experiments on the lunar floor.

The rover would research the floor of the moon by its payloads APXS – Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer – to derive the chemical composition and infer mineralogical composition to additional improve understanding of the lunar floor.

Pragyan additionally has one other payload–Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscope (LIBS) to find out the fundamental composition of lunar soil and rocks across the lunar touchdown website.

ISRO Chairman S Somnath had earlier mentioned, “After powered descent (of lander) on to the touchdown website, there will likely be deployment of ramp and rover popping out. After this all of the experiments will happen one after the opposite — all of which must be accomplished in simply someday on the moon, which is 14 days.”

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