India’s Chandrayaan-3 mission, a cost-effective lunar endeavor, may face an early end as its Pragyan rover enters sleep mode due to the lunar night’s extreme cold. Unlike NASA’s Mars rovers with long-lasting power plants, Pragyan relies on solar energy. While it successfully met engineering goals by landing safely and showcasing lunar driving capabilities, its scientific objectives include detecting water ice, characterizing lunar regolith, and exploring the lunar atmosphere. Initial data reveals intriguing temperature variations near the South Pole and the first in-situ detection of lunar sulfur. India’s lunar achievement solidifies its growing space prowess and international partnerships, offering hope for Pragyan’s reawakening when lunar day returns on September 22nd.
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