The Indian Space Research Organisation, or ISRO, has delayed the payloads on the solar-powered Rover Pragyan that is securely parked on the Moon’s surface as 14 days of sunshine come to an end. The Chandrayaan 3 Rover has been put into sleep mode, according to a tweet from ISRO, and the APXS and LIBS payloads have been disabled. The Rover’s battery is fully charged, and it is positioned to catch the light during the upcoming sunrise on September 22. Keep the receiver on. The ISRO tweet also expresses its wish for a successful waking for a new set of tasks. If not, the Rover will serve as India’s lunar ambassador for all time on the lunar surface.
In a lighter vein, ISRO had earlier tweeted that after the Lander had recorded a video of Rover rolling on the lunar surface, it felt like kid Rover was merrily frolicking in the yards of Chandamama while the mother Lander watched adoringly. The Chandrayaan 3 Lander Vikram soft-landed on August 23rd, making history. Chandrayaan 3 Lander Vikram is a 26 kg, six-wheeled, solar-powered Rover that has brought back various important data about lunar soil and rocks very close to the south pole. The data from the APXS payload has established the existence of iron, silicon, calcium, aluminium, sulphur, and silicon on the Moon. Sulphur was also discovered in the Moon by the Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy device.