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Will India’s Chandrayaan-3 probes survive the lunar night?

Will India’s Chandrayaan-3 probes survive the lunar night?

After a pioneering two-week mission, Indian robotic explorers are asleep in the extreme darkness of the Moon’s south pole region. Whether they will wake up when the sun shines on them at the end of this lunar night depends mostly on luck.

Temperatures near the poles of the moon It could fall to -424°F (-253°C or 20 K). However, neither the Chandrayaan-3 lander, Vikram, nor its rover, Pragyan, were able to make a flight. Historic decline on August 23 – equipped with heaters common on lunar missions.