ISRO’s ambitious Chandrayaan-3 mission to the Moon has hit a snag, with the Vikram Lander remaining silent after being placed in slumber mode on September 4, 2023. ISRO had planned to reawaken the lander on September 21, but its efforts have yielded no results.
In a global collaborative effort, ISRO enlisted the support of vast networks of colossal dish antennas strategically positioned across the world, including ESA’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. However, their efforts to establish contact with the Vikram Lander have been unsuccessful.
ISRO has expressed its unwavering commitment to persist in its efforts to communicate with the lander, but the situation remains uncertain. If ISRO is unable to establish contact with the Vikram Lander, the Chandrayaan-3 mission will be considered a failure.
This would be a major setback for ISRO, which has been working tirelessly on the Chandrayaan-3 mission for several years. The mission was aimed at landing a lander and rover on the Moon’s South Pole, which is a region that has never been explored before.
The Chandrayaan-3 mission was also seen as an important step in India’s space program, and its failure would be a significant blow to the country’s aspirations to become a major player in space exploration.
However, ISRO is a resilient organization, and it has overcome challenges in the past. It is hoped that the agency will be able to overcome this latest setback and achieve success with the Chandrayaan-3 mission.