A day after Sulphur detection, Chandrayaan-3’s Pragyan Rover clicks image of Vikram Lander, ISRO shares on X platform

Chandrayaan-3's Pragyan Rover has clicked an image of Vikram Lander on the Moon, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) shared today.

Pragyan Rover has clicked an image of Vikram Lander on the Moon. Photo Courtesy: ISRO X page

Pragyan rover's Navigation Camera clicked the image.

"Pragyan Rover clicked an image of Vikram Lander this morning," ISRO posted on X, giving more details of the Lunar Mission. "The 'image of the mission' was taken by the Navigation Camera onboard the Rover (NavCam)," the space agency said. "NavCams for the Chandrayaan-3 Mission are developed by the Laboratory for Electro-Optics Systems (LEOS)," it said.

The Indian space agency, which is making a strong mark on the global space scenario with its recent projects, on Tuesday said that Chandrayaan-3 has reported new findings, marking the first-ever in-situ measurement of Sulphur on the Moon.

The Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) instrument onboard Pragyan Rover has also identified elements such as Aluminium, Calcium, Iron, Chromium, Titanium, Manganese, Silicon, and Oxygen, aligning with expectations. The search for Hydrogen (H) is currently ongoing, the space agency said.

The LIBS instrument was developed at the Laboratory for Electro-Optics Systems (LEOS)/ISRO in Bengaluru.

In another update, ISRO shared information about the Pragyan Rover's ongoing expedition on the lunar South Pole.

The official ISRO account on X provided an update from the perspective of the rover itself. The message indicated that the rover is now en route to unveiling the Moon's mysteries.

The Pragyan Rover also reported that it is in communication with its companion, the Vikram Lander, and both are in good condition. The message concluded with an optimistic note about forthcoming discoveries.

"Hello earthlings! This is #Chandrayaan3's Pragyan Rover. I hope you're doing well. I want to let everyone know that I'm on my way to uncover the secrets of the Moon. Me and my friend Vikram Lander are in touch. We're in good health. The best is coming soon," ISRO InSight posted on X (formerly known as Twitter).

On August 28, ISRO revealed that the Pragyan Rover encountered a 4-meter diameter crater on the lunar surface.

The space organisation informed that the rover had been directed to retrace its path and is now safely navigating along a new trajectory.

Chandrayaan-3 touchdown on Moon

India achieved a significant milestone on August 23, as the Chandrayaan-3 lander module effectively touched down on the lunar south pole.

With this achievement, India has become the fourth country, following the US, China, and Russia, to successfully achieve a soft landing on the lunar surface, solidifying its position in lunar exploration history.