Mission accomplished, India puts the lunar module into “sleep” mode.

A view of the Moon as viewed by the Chandrayaan-3 lander during lunar orbit insertion on August 5, 2023 in this screenshot from a video released on August 6, 2023. ISRO/Handout via REUTERS /File Photo Obtaining licensing rights

NEW DELHI, Sept 3 (Reuters) – India has parked its lunar probe, the first vehicle to reach the moon’s south pole, after completing its two-week mission to conduct experiments, the space agency said.

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) said in a post on the website Employment.

“Hoping for a successful awakening for another set of missions!” ISRO said. “Otherwise, she will remain there forever as India’s ambassador to the moon.”

By landing on the moon, India joined the United States, China and the former Soviet Union. It overtook them in reaching the rugged Antarctica, shortly after the Russian Luna 25 crashed in a similar attempt.

The soft landing of Chandrayaan-3 after its failed attempt in 2019 sparked widespread jubilation in the world’s most populous country. The landing was hailed by the media as India’s greatest scientific achievement.

ISRO said Peregian traveled more than 100 meters (330 feet), confirming the presence of sulfur, iron, oxygen and other elements on the moon.

India is now hoping for the success of a probe launched on Saturday to study the sun and monitor solar winds that can cause disturbances on Earth and are usually seen as aurora.

The Indian Space Research Organization said on Sunday that “the satellite is in good condition” and is in Earth orbit as it prepares for its 1.5 million km journey.

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Arpan Chaturvedi reports; Edited by William Mallard

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