Bengaluru: On September 22, 2023, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced that they are still trying to re-establish communication with the lander and rover of the Chandrayaan-3 mission. Unfortunately, as of now, no signals have been received from the spacecraft.
Efforts have been made to establish communication with the Vikram lander and Pragyan rover to ascertain their wake-up condition.
As of now, no signals have been received from them.
Efforts to establish contact will continue.
— ISRO (@isro) September 22, 2023
ISRO is committed to persisting in their attempts to make contact with the lander, Vikram, and the rover, Pragyan.
Earlier on September 2, ISRO had reported that they had safely placed the lander and rover into ‘sleep mode’, with their scientific instruments powered off. At that time, the battery of the lander-rover duo was fully charged, and the solar panel was positioned to receive sunlight during the expected next sunrise today (September 22, 2023).
However, reviving Chandrayaan-3 will not be an easy task. The temperature on the Moon during a lunar night plummets to as low as -130° C. After spending 14 days in such cold temperatures, it would be difficult for the instruments of Vikram and Pragyan to start functioning again.
Despite the challenges, ISRO is determined to revive the Chandrayaan-3 mission. If successful, it would be a major milestone for India’s space program and a significant contribution to lunar exploration.