The Vikram lander and the Pragyan rover of Chandrayaan-3 are expected to wake up on Friday (September 22). Bhubaneswar-based space scientist Suvendu Patnayak has said.
The Chandrayaan-3 landed successfully and it worked for almost 14 days. It was designed to work for 14 days on the moon. The whole setup was then sent into sleep mode on September 2, the rover went to sleep, while the lander did so on September 4.
Currently, the battery is fully charged. The solar panel is oriented to receive the light at the next sunrise expected on September 22, 2023. ISRO is trying to communicate with Chandrayaan-3 solar-powered lander Vikram and rover Pragyan. To revive them so that they can continue with scientific experiments.
Chandrayaan-3 was launched aboard an LVM3-M4 rocket on 14 July 2023 from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. After traveling for nearly 41 days spacecraft reached the moon and it took a soft landing on the lunar surface on August 23.
STORY | After 16 days of deep sleep, the Vikram lander and Pragyan rover of Chandrayaan-3 will be activated by ISRO tomorrow.— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) September 21, 2023
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