The Chandrayaan-3 mission has been a resounding success for ISRO. And now, renowned space scientist and former ISRO chairman AS Kiran Kumar has indicated that there is no hope for the revival of the Chandrayaan-3 Vikram lander and the Pragyan rover. This revelation, made on Friday, is seen as a possible conclusion to India’s third lunar mission. Kiran Kumar, who remains closely associated with the mission through ISRO, said there is no expectation of Vikram or Pragyan coming to life and reviving the Chandrayaan-3 mission for ISRO. If it happened, it would have already happened, it has been indicated.
The ambitious Chandrayaan-3 mission
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) announced on September 22 that efforts were underway to establish contact with the Vikram solar lander and the Pragyan rover after the start of the new lunar day. However, they had mentioned that no signals had been received from them till then and efforts to establish contact would continue, Prabhat Khabar reported.
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Success of the Chandrayaan-3 mission and impact of lunar exploration
With the Chandrayaan-3 mission, India achieved a historic soft landing on the Moon’s south pole on August 23, becoming the fourth country in the world to do so after the United States, the former Soviet Union and China. This achievement marked a major milestone in India’s space exploration efforts.
ISRO had put the lander and rover into sleep mode on September 4 and September 2, respectively, in preparation for reactivation around the next lunar sunrise on September 22. Both the Vikram lander and the Pragyan rover were designed to operate during one lunar day, which is approximately 14 Earth days.
According to ISRO officials, all three objectives of the Chandrayaan-3 mission have been met, including a safe and soft landing on the surface of the moon, displaying the mobility of the rover on the moon and conducting scientific experiments on the lunar surface.
Talking about the importance of the Chandrayaan-3 mission, Kiran Kumar emphasized that India has unequivocally reached a region where no one else had ventured, providing valuable data. This information will be crucial for planning future missions and activities in that area.
When asked about the possibility of starting missions related to the return of lunar samples, Kumar acknowledged the potential, but did not specify a timeline, emphasizing that it depends on how the overall plan and the availability of resources develops. Therefore, it remains difficult to establish a definitive timetable for such a mission.
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