Indian rover begins exploring Moon’s south pole

SpaceWar.com reports: “India began exploring the Moon’s surface with a rover on Thursday, a day after it became the first nation to land a craft near the largely unexplored lunar south pole.

Pragyan — ‘Wisdom’ in Sanskrit — rolled out of the lander hours after the latest milestone in India’s ambitious but cut-price space programme sparked huge celebrations across the country.

‘Rover ramped down the lander and India took a walk on the moon!’ the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, on Thursday.

The six-wheeled, solar-powered rover will amble around the relatively unmapped region and transmit images and scientific data over its two-week lifespan.

The successful touchdown of the Chandrayaan-3 (‘Mooncraft-3’) mission came just days after a Russian lander crashed in the same region…”

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