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Chandrayaan 3: ISRO Shares Video of Pragyan Rover Roaming Near ‘Shiv Shakti Point’

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) released a new video on Saturday of the Pragyan rover of the Chandrayaan-3 mission, moving near the landing Shiv Shakti Point on the lunar surface.

According to ISRO, on Friday, the Pragyan rover emerged from the lunar surface and covered a distance of 8 meters before establishing its position.

ISRO, through its official Twitter account, posted a visual and stated, “Chandrayaan-3 mission: 🔍What’s new here? Pragyan rover is exploring the secrets of the Moon by roving around the Shiv Shakti point on the southern pole 🌗!”

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The space agency also mentioned that two out of the three mission objectives have been achieved, which include showcasing a safe and soft landing on the lunar surface and demonstrating the rover’s mobility on the Moon.

ISRO further mentioned ongoing in-situ scientific experiments and highlighted that all payloads are functioning normally.

According to ISRO, before this, on Friday, the Pragyan rover descended on the lunar surface and marked its position 8 meters away. The space agency revealed that the previous wheels of the ISRO and Indian symbol-labeled rover had left light imprints on the lunar surface.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) today, where he met with ISRO scientists and congratulated them, praising the heroes of the successful Chandrayaan-3 lunar landing.

PM Modi announced that the touchdown point of Chandrayaan 3 will be called ‘Shiv Shakti’, while the location where Chandrayaan 2 left footprints will be referred to as ‘Tiranga’. He also declared August 23 as “National Space Day” to commemorate the successful soft landing on the Moon’s surface by Chandrayaan-3.

After a journey of 40 days in space, the Chandrayaan-3 lander module with the Vikram lander and Pragyan rover successfully touched the southern pole of the unknown lunar region on Wednesday, making India the first country to achieve this feat.

Following the unfortunate incident with the Russian Luna-25 lander a few days ago, the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft’s lander module, including the Vikram lander and Pragyan rover, softly landed near the southern pole of the Moon at around 6:04 PM.

The primary goals of the Chandrayaan-2 successor mission, Chandrayaan-3, are to achieve three objectives: demonstrating a safe and soft landing on the lunar surface, a feat that was not accomplished during Chandrayaan-2, showcasing the rover’s roving capabilities, and conducting in-situ scientific experiments on the lunar surface.

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