The Vikram lander and Pragyan rover have gone into sleep mode, and the scientists of ISRO are trying everything to revive them. It was a huge achievement for India when Chandrayaan-3 soft-landed on the moon’s surface on 23 August 2023.
In the first set of goals, everything went smoothly as the Moon lander stayed functional for 14 days to collect samples and information concerning the lunar surface. Aspects such as the moonquake, soil temperature, and the presence of sulfur are some of the things that have been evaluated.
It is considered one of the biggest achievements of India and ISRO, as the landing was successful. However, after the 14 days were complete, the scientists of ISRO put the lander and rover in sleep mode because of the incessant harsh weather conditions.
The lander and the rover were designed to survive one lunar night, 14 days on Earth; however, once the period was over, it was out to sleep to manage the next lunar night. However, after being put to sleep, the rover and the lander do not respond.
The director of UR Rao Satellite Center of Chandrayaan-3, M Sankaran, informed that there are chances of the Vikram lander and Pragyan rover waking up again at the end of the lunar night, however slim that is. The scientists at ISRO are not letting go of the option.
It was in the planning that the rover and the lander would survive for only one lunar night, i.e., 14 days on Earth; it was also considered for further information on the Lunar land.
ISRO is trying to revive the lander and the rover because they are trying to collect more information and data to study future development on the moon. The reawakening of India’s rover and lander is still under process; however, due to the freezing lunar nights, there is less chance that ISRO can communicate with the spacecraft.