ISRO scientists have officially given up hope for the Vikram lander and Pragyan rover of the Chandrayaan-3 mission. The lander and rover, which successfully completed their mission objectives on September 2, have entered a dormant state, and the possibility of restoring their functionality is becoming increasingly unlikely.
Efforts to re-establish communication with the Vikram Lander have proven unsuccessful, and with each passing hour, the chances of reconnection diminish. The mission’s design intended for the lander to operate for 14 days, equivalent to one lunar phase on Earth. ISRO had anticipated that sunlight in the moon’s south pole region would awaken the lander and rover. Unfortunately, these hopes have been dashed.
ISRO scientists had previously suspended all instrument operations on Chandrayaan-3 ahead of the lunar sunset, in an attempt to prolong the mission’s lifespan. However, the electronic components of both the Vikram Lander and Pragyan Rover were not suited to withstand the harsh cold temperatures on the moon’s surface.
There had been optimism that the probe might revive at the lunar sunrise on September 22, with the possibility of recharging the batteries using sunlight. Despite the current situation, Chandrayaan-3 remains a significant success for India, as the primary objective of soft landing on the lunar south pole was achieved.