Mission Accomplished, India Puts Lunar Module to “Sleep” Mode

A view of the moon as seen by the Chandrayaan-3 lander during lunar orbit insertion on August 5, 2023 in this screenshot from a video released August 6, 2023. ISRO/Handout via REUTERS /File Photo Obtain licensing rights

NEW DELHI, Sept 3 (Reuters) – India has grounded its lunar probe, the first to reach the moon’s south pole, after it completed its two-week test mission, the Indian space agency said.

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) said in a post on X, formerly Twitter, late Saturday that the Pragyan spacecraft of the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft was “set to sleep” but with the batteries charged and the receiver turned on. Employment.

“Hope for a successful awakening to another set of missions!” ISRO said. “Otherwise, she will remain there forever as India’s ambassador to the moon.”

By landing on the moon, India joined the United States, China and the former Soviet Union. It surpassed them in reaching the rugged South Pole, shortly after the Russian Luna 25 crashed in a similar attempt.

Chandrayaan-3’s soft landing after its failed attempt in 2019 sparked widespread jubilation in the world’s most populous country. The landing was hailed by the media as India’s greatest scientific achievement.

ISRO said the Bergian traveled more than 100 meters (330 feet), confirming the presence of sulfur, iron, oxygen and other elements on the moon.

India is now hoping for the success of a probe launched on Saturday to study the sun and monitor the solar wind, which can cause disturbances on Earth and is normally seen as an aurora.

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The Indian Space Research Organization said on Sunday that the “satellite is in good condition” and is in orbit around Earth as it prepares for its 1.5 million km journey.

Urban Chaturvedi reports; Edited by William Mallard

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