India's Moon lander put to 'sleep' as lunar night falls

# 04 September 2023 19:47 (UTC +04:00)

India's lunar lander and rover have been put to bed as the Sun begins to set on the Moon, the country's space research agency Isro has said, APA reports citing BBC.

They have been put in "sleep mode" and "will fall asleep next to each other once the solar power is depleted and the battery is drained", it said. Isro added that it hoped they would reawaken "around 22 September" when the next lunar day starts. The lander and rover need sunlight to charge their batteries and function.

The Vikram lander - carrying a rover called Pragyaan in its belly - touched down on the Moon's little-explored south pole on 23 August.

With that India became the first country to land near the lunar south pole. It also joined an elite club of countries to achieve a soft landing on the Moon, after the US, the former Soviet Union and China.