After the soft-landing of Chandrayaan 3 is achieved, the rover module will now embark on its 14-day task to complete the tasks set by ISRO scientists.
Its duties include conducting experiments to further understand the lunar surface.
With the ‘Vikram’ lander having completed its task by ensuring a safe landing, the most challenging part of the mission, the rover ‘Pragyan’ which is in the belly of the LM, is about to come out to carry out a series of experiments on the surface. Moon later.
According to ISRO, the lander and rover carry five scientific payloads which are housed inside the Lander Module (LM).
The rover’s Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS) will be used to obtain chemical composition and estimate mineralogical composition to further enhance understanding of the lunar surface.
The Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscope (LIBS) will determine the elemental composition of lunar soil and rocks around the lunar landing site.
ISRO said that the deployment of the rover to carry out in-situ scientific experiments will touch new heights in lunar missions.
The mission life of both the lander and the rover is 1 lunar day, which is equivalent to 14 Earth days.
The lander payloads are the Rambha-LP (Langmuir Probe), which measures the density of near-surface plasma (ions and electrons) and its changes over time.
ChaSTE Chandra’s surface thermophysical experiment will measure the thermal properties of the lunar surface near the polar region.
The Lunar Seismic Activity Instrument (ILSA) will measure seismicity around the landing site and image the composition of the lunar crust and mantle.
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first published: 23 August 2023 | 11:17 PM First