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Pragyan: Chandrayaan 3 Rover put to sleep: What this means and what happens if it does not wake up

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has announced that Chandrayaan 3’s rover ‘Pragyan’ has completed its work on the lunar surface and has gone into sleep mode. The space agency’s announcement came just a few hours later ISRO Chief S Somnath said that the lunar mission’s rover and lander, ‘Pragyan’ and ‘Vikram‘, respectively, were working well and would soon be “put to sleep” to face the night on the Moon.
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Sunday, which is the 12th day since India achieved the historic soft-landing on the lunar surface, will see both Vikram and Vikram. wisdom retire for the night, Chandrayaan-3 Project director P Veeramuthuvel said this in an exclusive interview with TOI.
“If we look specifically at the rover, we managed to cover a distance of more than 100 meters in just 10 days, whereas many other missions that lasted longer, even up to six months, covered only 100 Could cover only -120 metres,” said Veeramuthuvel. “This means that the command to put the rover into hibernation mode has been enabled and it will be hibernating only on Sunday because some testing needs to be done,” Veeramuthuvel said.
What will happen if Chandrayaan 3’s rover ‘Pragyan’ does not wake up?
“Currently, the battery is fully charged. The solar panel is oriented to receive light at the next sunrise, expected on September 22, 2023. The receiver is kept on,” the post said. The post further said, “Hope for a successful awakening for the second set of assignments! Otherwise, it will stay there forever Lunar Ambassador of India,” explaining a scenario of what would happen if Chandrayaan 3’s rover ‘Pragyan’ does not wake up.

Asked why there is an initial sleep mode given that the designed life of the lander and rover is 14 Earth days, Veeramuthuvel said, “We cannot count the first two and the last two days. The lunar day began on August 22 and our landing was almost at the end of the second day. From there, both Vikram and Pragyan have delivered exceptional performances exceeding our expectations. All mission objectives have been accomplished and we will enter sleep mode tomorrow (Sunday).
In its short life on the Moon, Pragyan is said to have traveled more than 100 meters by September 2, the 10th day of its deployment, several hours after Vikram’s soft-landing on August 23. 24 It was the morning of August.
“If we look specifically at the rover, we managed to cover a distance of more than 100 meters in just 10 days, whereas many other missions that lasted longer, even up to six months, covered only 100 Could cover only -120 metres,” P Chandrayaan-3 project director Veeramuthuvel told TOI.


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