India’s Chandrayaan-3 mission starts exploring the moon’s south pole

Indian Space Research Organization’s rover has started studying the composition of the surface and looking into water ice near the lunar south pole following the Chandrayaan-3 mission’s historic lunar landing.


Chandrayaan-3, a historic moon expedition from India, is now investigating the lunar surface close to the south pole. The nation hopes to move on with placing a person in space and sending a vehicle to Mars, encouraged by the successful landing.

After the sun had risen at the landing site four hours after the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) mission touched down on August 23, Chandrayaan-3 dropped a ramp, allowing the 26-kilogram Pragyan rover to roll onto the lunar surface.

The rover will conduct tests over the course of the following two weeks to learn more about the surface’s makeup using its Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer and seek for water ice, which would be able to supply a future crewed base with drinking water, oxygen, and fuel for spacecraft.

Both the lander and the rover should be able to function for one lunar day (14 Earth days), or until dusk, when their capacity to collect energy from solar panels is no longer possible. After two weeks of darkness and temperatures that would drop to – 238°C (-396.4°F), ISRO hasn’t ruled out the chance that both will be resurrected once the sun rises. However, this would be a plus.

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