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Chandrayaan 3’s Pragyan Rover Set To Sleep, Traversed Over 100 Metres Over The Moon

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India’s Chandrayaan 3’s Pragyan rover has completed its assignment on moon and has now made to sleep, said Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the nation’s space agency.

The rover completed its two-week assignment on lunar South Pole, while Chandrayaan 3 became the first spacecraft to reach this area of moon. The Pragyan rover was “set into Sleep mode”, with charged batteries and receiver on, the Indian space agency said in a post on X, formerly Twitter, late on Saturday.

In its post ISRO wrote, “Hoping for a successful awakening for another set of assignments! Else, it will forever stay there as India’s lunar ambassador.”

India entered the league of moon goers, which include the United States, China and the former Soviet Union, after landing on its south pole. But in reaching the South Pole it did something more than them, few days after Luna-25 crashed before in an attempt to achieve the same feat.

Following a failed attempt in 2019, Chandrayaan-3’s smooth, perfect touchdown caused great celebration in the nation with the largest population. The landing was hailed as India’s greatest scientific achievement by the media.

According to ISRO, Pragyan traversed more than 100 metres (330 feet), indicating the presence of oxygen, iron, and other elements on the moon.

India is now waiting to see if a probe it sent into space last Saturday would be successful in studying the sun and analysing solar winds, which can alter the earth’s magnetic field and result in auroras. As it gets ready for its 1.5 million-kilometer (930,000-mile) voyage, ISRO declared on Sunday that “the satellite is healthy” and in earth orbit.

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