Chandrayaan-3’s Vikram Rover “Pragyan” Gives No Signals: ISRO Initiates Investigation

Chandrayaan-3's Vikram Rover "Pragyan" Gives No Signals: ISRO Initiates Investigation
Chandrayaan-3's Vikram Rover "Pragyan" Gives No Signals: ISRO Initiates Investigation

In a surprising turn of events, the Vikram rover, affectionately known as “Pragyan,” has gone silent on the lunar surface. This setback comes as a blow to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), which had high hopes for the Chandrayaan-3 mission, aiming to build upon the successes of its predecessors.

The Chandrayaan-3 mission, which aimed to land on the moon’s south pole, had been progressing smoothly since its launch. The orbiter, which is still functioning well, has been continuously relaying data back to Earth. However, Pragyan, the rover designed to explore the lunar surface, has stopped transmitting signals unexpectedly.

ISRO’s initial efforts to re-establish contact with Pragyan have been unsuccessful. The organization’s scientists and engineers are now working around the clock to diagnose and rectify the issue. According to sources within ISRO, the loss of communication occurred during one of Pragyan’s routine data transmission sessions with the orbiter.

While the cause of the communication breakdown remains uncertain, ISRO is exploring various possibilities, including technical glitches, lunar environmental factors, or even a potential impact with an unforeseen obstacle on the moon’s surface.

The Chandrayaan-2 mission faced a similar setback in 2019 when the Vikram lander, part of the mission, crash-landed on the lunar surface. ISRO’s determination and expertise ultimately prevailed as the orbiter continued to function and provide valuable lunar data.

ISRO’s Chairman, Dr. K. Sivan, expressed optimism regarding the situation. He stated, “We have a team of dedicated scientists and engineers who have overcome challenges in the past. We will leave no stone unturned to re-establish contact with Pragyan and continue our mission to explore the moon’s mysteries.”

The nation and the global space community are closely monitoring ISRO’s efforts to revive the Pragyan rover. The Chandrayaan-3 mission had sparked great enthusiasm, not only in India but worldwide, as it sought to expand our understanding of Earth’s closest celestial neighbor. As ISRO’s investigation unfolds, the hope remains that Pragyan will once again transmit signals, allowing the mission to resume its lunar exploration objectives.