“Smile, Please”: Pragyan Rover Captures Pictures of Unwavering Vikram Lander on Moon
30 August, 2023 | Akshara Tyagi
Chandrayaan-3's Pragyan rover captures pinnacle images of Vikram lander on lunar terrain using NavCam, following sulphur discovery.
After the recent discovery of sulphur on the moon’s surface, the Pragyan rover of Chandrayaan-3 has taken photographs of the Vikram lander securely positioned on the lunar terrain. These images have been acclaimed as the pinnacle of the mission and were captured using the Navigation Camera onboard the Rover (NavCam).
This marks the rover’s first self-taken image since its moon landing, as all previous images and videos were taken by the Vikram lander.
The NavCams, developed by the Laboratory for Electro-Optics Systems (LEOS) in Bengaluru, are integral to the mission’s success and serve as the rover’s “eyes,” guiding it across the challenging lunar landscape.
These cameras play a crucial role in path planning and obstacle avoidance, ensuring the rover’s safe navigation on the Moon.
The Pragyan rover and the Vikram lander are working in seamless coordination to collect important scientific data from the lunar surface. Equipped with the Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS) and Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscope (LIBS), the rover can analyze the elemental and mineralogical composition of lunar soil and rocks.
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