Syllabus: Space technology
- With Vikram, the lander module of Chandrayaan-3, successfully landing on the surface of the moon on Wednesday, the focus has now moved to the rover in its belly, Pragyan.
- The rover will carry out in-situ chemical analysis of the lunar surface on the move.
The Pragyan rover may come out in the next few hours or it may take one day also to come out depending on the conditions.
It has two payloads
- the LASER Induced Breakdown Spectroscope (LIBS) – objectives to conduct qualitative and quantitative elemental analysis and to derive the chemical composition and infer mineralogical composition to further the understanding of the lunar surface.
- the Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS) – will determine the elemental composition of lunar soil and rocks around the lunar landing site.