Images from the Moon acquired by the Chandrayaan-3 mission’s Vikram lander and Pragyan rover, both operated by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), have been deluging the internet. The lander was captured by the rover, and ISRO provided a 3D photograph of it on Tuesday.
The space agency posted an anaglyphic image. An stereoscopic photograph with two images superimposed and printed in distinct colors is typically referred to as an anaglyph. Such an image can provide a type of 3D illusion when viewed through glasses that have a distinct color for each eye.
On August 23, Chandrayaan-3 touched down on the moon. On September 3, ISRO announced that it had switched the lander and rover into hibernation mode because lunar daytime was coming to an end.
Only one lunar day, or around 14 days on Earth, was anticipated for the mission to be in operation on the moon.
This is due to the fact that the equipment on the lander and rover were not made to survive such low temperatures. At night, the Moon can experience temperatures as low as minus 120 degrees Celsius. Lunar night lasts for almost 14 days, just as lunar day.
However, there is a potential that the electronics will endure the chilly lunar light. When the Sun rises above the lunar horizon as seen from the mission’s vantage point, they might be able to recharge themselves utilizing its energy.
“In the upcoming days, we’ll begin the process of putting the lander and rover to sleep so they can withstand the night. The rover’s battery is currently completely charged. The solar panel is set up to catch the light on September 22, 2023, when the next sunrise is anticipated. When the rover and lander were put into hibernation mode, ISRO Chairman S. Somnath remarked, “The receiver is kept on.”