The Indian mobile robot sent to the Moon in the first lunar mission carried out by the Asian country does not emit signalssomething that does not worry S. Somnath, head of the Indian space agency, who argues that “he has done what was expected of him.”
The vehicle, named Pragyan (“wisdom” in Sanskrit), was sent to the satellite’s south polar region to carry out a scientific mission before being shut down for the entire lunar night, or about two weeks.
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) He intended to prolong the mission of the mobile robot by reactivating it once the light had returned to the lunar surface, since the six-wheeled device is propelled by sunlight.
However, despite attempts by the space agency to “establish communication with the Vikram lander and the Pragyan mobile robot”, these they have not responded yet.
According to the Indian space agency, the vehicle’s mission was to inspect the lunar south pole regionstill poorly mapped, and transmit images and scientific data for fifteen days.