ISRO’s Pragyan Rover Encounters Crater on Lunar Surface, Mission Redirected for Maximum Progress
28 August, 2023 | Pooja
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) provided an update on Monday, revealing that the Pragyan Rover recently encountered a 4-meter diameter crater on the lunar surface. This occurrence was...
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) provided an update on Monday, revealing that the Pragyan Rover recently encountered a 4-meter diameter crater on the lunar surface. This occurrence was shared on X (formerly Twitter), where ISRO stated, “Chandrayaan-3 Mission: On August 27, 2023, the Rover came across a 4-meter diameter crater positioned 3 meters ahead of its location. The Rover was directed to retrace its path.” ISRO assured that the rover has now been redirected onto a safe new course.
Earlier, Nilesh M Desai, the Director of the Space Applications Centre (SAC), had remarked on Sunday that the Pragyan rover, which is traversing the moon’s surface, is engaged in a race against time. ISRO scientists are diligently working to maximize the distance covered by the six-wheeled rover at the uncharted South pole of the moon.
Desai outlined the primary objectives of the moon mission: accomplishing a soft landing on the lunar surface, facilitating the movement of the Pragyan rover, and gathering scientific data via payloads connected to both the rover and the lander, Vikram. He affirmed the successful completion of the first two objectives and emphasized that work is currently focused on the third objective.
Highlighting the rover’s time constraints, Desai stated, “Our focus is to make the rover cover as much distance of the moon’s South pole as possible so that it conducts more experiments and we obtain data here on earth.” The limited window for this mission, totaling 14 days (equivalent to one lunar day), has already seen four days pass. Given the remaining time, ISRO’s scientists are dedicatedly aiming to achieve maximum progress. Desai emphasized the urgency, stating that all ISRO scientists are contributing their efforts to this endeavor.
India achieved a significant milestone on August 23, as the Chandrayaan-3 lander module successfully touched down on the moon’s South pole. This accomplishment marked India as the fourth country, following the US, China, and Russia, to have achieved a successful landing on the moon’s surface.