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Pragyan snaps first pictures of Vikram sitting on the Moon

Vikram as seen by Pragyan
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India’s space agency ISRO has released the first two pictures from the Pragyan rover showing the Vikram lander that bought both to the Moon safely.

The picture to the right is the close-up image, which shows two of Vikram’s science instruments. CHASTE is a probe that has been measuring the temperature of the Moon’s regolith at this spot, while ILSA is a seismometer for measuring the seismicity around the landing site.

Both spacecraft have been on the lunar surface now for one week, which means they are both halfway through their nominal two-week mission that lasts until lunar sunset, occurring on September 4th. Neither were designed to survive the 14-day-long lunar night, though engineers will attempt to kept both alive.

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  • J Fincannon

    >,,,mission that lasts until lunar sunset, expected around September 6th.

    I do not know where they are getting this date.

    For a pefectly smooth lunar surface, the center of the Sun goes below the horizon on Sept 4 at 17 GMT. The “top” of the Sun goes below the horizon by 18 GMT.

    But including terrain, I calculate they will end their mission on Sept 4 at 8 GMT.

  • J Fincannon: Don’t blame ISRO or its engineers for that date. I came up with it simply by adding 14 days to the landing date. It was my guess, based on very shallow data.

    Thank you for the clarification however. I guessed because I really did wish to know the exact moment the Sun would set and the missions would end.

  • I have updated and corrected the post to reflect the proper sunset time.

  • J Fincannon

    Okay! Thanks for fixing this!

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