Chandrayaan 2 orbiter catches Vikram Lander enjoying a slumber on the Moon, ISRO shares pics

Vikram Lander and Pragyan Rover of Chandrayaan 3 worked hard for 14 consecutive days on the moon, after which the two modules were put into sleep mode during the long, cold moonlit night.

ISRO shared a picture of the Vikram Lander module enjoying some rest time. What’s interesting about the pictures shared by ISRO is that they were taken by Chandrayaan 2’s Lunar Orbiter.

The Vikram lander of the Chandrayaan 3 mission, which recently went into sleep mode, was captured in an image by the Chandrayaan 2 orbiter. In the image, the lander can be seen in position on the surface the moon, near the Moon’s South Pole, as if waiting for sunlight to arrive. Image of the Chandrayaan 3 lander shared by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), taken with the dual-frequency synthetic aperture radar (DFSAR) device on the Chandrayaan 2 orbiter. This device plays the role The lander’s imaging played a central role on Wednesday, providing valuable visual data for ongoing efforts to evaluate and potentially reactivate the Vikram lander as part of the mission. Chandrayaan 3.

SAR, ISRO explains in a note attached to the message, is a device that transmits microwaves in a specific frequency range and receives them, reflected from a surface. In very crude terms, think of it as SONAR or RADAR, but instead of sound or radio waves, this device uses microwaves.

SAR allows imaging without the need for illumination, making it very useful for remote sensing applications on Earth and other celestial bodies. Additionally, he can “see” beyond the surface.

ISRO’s DFSAR, a key scientific instrument on board the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter, operates using microwaves in the L and S bands. It stands out as a state-of-the-art instrument, providing polarized images has the highest resolution available on any planetary mission. The longer radar wavelength used by DFSAR allows it to explore subsurface features of the lunar surface at depths of several meters.

Over the past four years, DFSAR has consistently provided high-quality data by imaging the lunar surface. Its main focus is lunar polar science, providing valuable information about this region of the Moon.

As for the Vikram Lander and Pragyan Rover on the Moon, ISRO hopes that once sunlight returns to the region, both can be reactivated. ISRO said that while the chances of the Rover coming back to life were extremely low, its batteries were fully charged when it was put into sleep mode.

ISRO is confident that the Vikram lander can be reactivated as long as it can withstand the harsh cold conditions of the Moon. This development highlights the ongoing efforts to restore communication and functionality with the Vikram lander during the Chandrayaan 3 mission.

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