Modules of the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft are currently in hibernation mode near the Moon’s south pole
Image of the Indian lunar mission’s Vikram lander taken by the Navigation Camera onboard the Rover. © X / ISRO
India will attempt to wake the Chandrayaan-3 mission’s lander and rover from hibernation mode this week, two weeks after they successfully landed near the south pole of the Moon.
Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) scientists hope to revive the modules on either Thursday or Friday, when the Sun rises at the ‘Shivshakti Point’ – a location near the lunar south pole where Chandrayaan-3 landed in August, the Hindustan Times reports.
Space agency chairman S. Somanath said its scientists are hoping the equipment can be revived to continue collecting more data. The mission objectives have already been completed and the modules were put in hibernation mode from September 2.
The chances of success appear to be slim, however, as it is unlikely that the instruments on the modules survived the extremely low temperatures of the lunar night, which can dip below -200 degrees Celsius at the Moon’s south pole. The payload also had a mission life of just one lunar day, which is equivalent to around 14 days on Earth.