A month ago, on August 23, 2023, India celebrated the arrival of its Chandrayaan-3 rover on the Moon, near Polo to with its lander Vikram and the exploration rover Prague. In two weeks, the two devices collected and shared information about the lunar soil and the possibility of the presence of water on the Earth’s natural satellite.
After that, on September 4, both were turned off to save the little energy they had left, to be connected again on September 22. However, the long-awaited date arrived and, despite the efforts of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), it is not possible to get a signal from any vehicles.
“Efforts are being made to establish communication with the Vikram lander and the Pragyan rover to know their activation status. So far no signal has been received from them. “Efforts to establish contact will continue,” he said. reported. ISRO on September 22, from his official X account.
Why is Vikram and Pragyan off?
In early September, ISRO reported that its lunar rover would be disconnected from all communications because the Daylight It stopped affecting the lunar south pole, the place where they were located.
“The Vikram lander will be put into sleep mode around 8:00 pm India time. Before that, in situ experiments will be conducted with the payloads,” the space agency reported at the time.
Both Vikram and Pragyan are designed to collect solar energy whenever possible, where they carry out their transmissions to Earth. ISRO expects the two mobile stars to survive the -238 °C temperature that exists on the Moon and continue their communication when they detect the sun again. However, this does not seem to have happened yet.