A video of the Pragyan rover rolling out of Chandrayaan 3 Vikram lander and walking on the lunar surface was released by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on August 24.
… … and here is how the Chandrayaan-3 Rover ramped down from the Lander to the Lunar surface. pic.twitter.com/nEU8s1At0W
— ISRO (@isro) August 25, 2023
Previously, ISRO released visuals of the August 23 soft landing of the Chandrayaan 3 lander Vikram on the moon’s surface, clicked by Chandrayaan-2’s Orbiter High-Resolution Camera.
The rear wheels of the Pragyan rover have fixed with the ISRO logo and the national emblem, showcasing the Lion Capital of Ashoka at Sarnath. As Pragyan moved on the moon’s surface, the rover left behind imprints of the logo.
Upon landing, the lander and the rover will operate and do their set tasks for one lunar day. One day on the Moon is equal to 14 days on Earth.
India took a giant leap on August 23 evening as the Chandrayaan-3 lander module successfully landed on the moon’s South Pole, making it the first country to have achieved the historic feat and bringing to an end the disappointment over the crash landing of the Chandrayaan 2, four years ago.
Overall, India became the fourth country – after the US, China, and Russia – to have successfully landed on the moon’s surface.
The spacecraft was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota on July 14.
The stated objectives of Chandrayaan 3, India’s third lunar mission, were a safe and soft landing on the lunar surface, the rover moving on the moon’s surface, and in-situ scientific experiments.
However, the Covid-19 pandemic brought an unforeseen delay to the mission’s progress. The approved cost of Chandrayaan 3 is Rs 250 crores (excluding launch vehicle cost).
Chandrayaan 2 mission was only “partially successful” since the lander lost contact after a hard landing, but the ISRO earlier this week successfully established two-way communication between the Chandrayaan 3 lander module and the still orbiting Chandrayaan 2 orbiter.
(with inputs from ANI)