Pragyan rover and Vikram lander were carried to the moon by the Chandrayaan-3 module.
India's space agency has shared a video of the Pragyan rover being rotated on the Moon's surface - remotely from the command centre in Bengaluru - in search of a route that avoids craters and rocks on the lunar surface. The rover and Vikram, the lander that carried Pragyan to the Moon, are racing to finish experiments before a lunar night (which lasts 14 Earth days) sets next week.
"The rover was rotated in search of a safe route. The rotation was captured by a Lander Imager Camera," the Indian Space Research Organisation posted on X (formerly Twitter). "It feels as though a child is playfully frolicking in the yards of Chandamama, while the mother watches affectionately..."
This latest update from the Moon comes a day after Pragyan shared an image of Vikram - the first using its NavCam, or navigation camera and the first since it was deployed. All visuals shared before were taken by the lander; happy ISRO scientists posted the "image of the mission" on X.
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Pragyan's "Moon Walk" Video
On Monday too ISRO shared a "re-route" update from the Moon, noting Pragyan had been sent on a different, and safer, path, after coming face-to-face with a four-meter diameter crater.
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Pragyan Confirms Presence Of Sulphur Near Moon's South Pole
One of the instruments on the rover - the Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscope - has confirmed the presence of sulphur on the lunar surface near south pole, ISRO said Tuesday, adding that aluminium, calcium, iron, chromium, titanium, manganese, silicon and oxygen had also detected.
ISRO said in-situ measurements revealed, "unambiguously", the presence of sulphur - something not feasible using instruments onboard orbiters - and that they were now hunting for hydrogen.
India Makes Space History
The nation took a giant leap on August 23 after Chandrayaan-3's module - Vikram - touched down; India became only the fourth country - after the United States, China, and Russia - to soft land on the moon's surface - and the first to go as close as it did to the Moon's South Pole.
India's next big space mission is to launch on Saturday - Aditya L1 - which will orbit the Sun and observe solar activities and their effects on space weather in real time.