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Chandaryaan 3 Rover Pragyan Faces Large Crater During Moon Walk

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India’s Pragyan rover encountered a four-meter crater on the Moon’s surface, prompting a safe re-routing by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). ISRO confirmed the rover spotted the crater at a safe distance and adjusted its path accordingly. The solar-powered, six-wheeled rover will explore an unmapped area, transmitting images and scientific data over a two-week period.

With just 10 days left for the conclusion of a lunar day, Nilesh M Desai, Director of Space Applications Centre (SAC), stated that Chandrayaan-3’s rover module, Pragyan, is in a “race against time” to cover as much distance as possible in the uncharted South pole region of the moon. The mission’s objectives include a soft landing, rover movement, and gathering scientific data via payloads attached to the rover and lander Vikram.

Desai noted that the first two objectives have been successfully achieved, while the third is ongoing.

On a recent note, ISRO confirmed the Chandrayaan-3 mission’s lander module has begun its experiments and is relaying data back to headquarters. The space agency shared a temperature variation graph of the lunar surface’s depth using the ChaSTE payload on Vikram lander module. The payload includes a temperature probe with a controlled penetration mechanism capable of reaching 10 cm below the surface.

India celebrated a major achievement on August 23 with the successful landing of Chandrayaan-3’s lander module on the Moon’s South pole. This milestone makes India the fourth nation, following the US, China, and Russia, to achieve a lunar surface landing.

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