India’s Third Lunar Mission
- India’s Chandrayaan-3 mission is currently on the moon’s south pole.
- The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has shared some exciting news about its discoveries.
- The spacecraft, known as Vikram Lander, observed something unusual.
- It sensed a seismic activity on the moon, which might be a moonquake.
- Scientists are still figuring out the exact details of this event.
Lunar Seismic Activity
- ISRO has a special instrument called “Instrument for the Lunar Seismic Activity (ILSA).”
- ILSA recorded this mysterious event, which might be a natural occurrence.
- This happened on August 26, 2023, and its source is currently being investigated.
Chandrayaan-3’s Mission Accomplishments
Two Out of Three Missions Completed
- Chandrayaan-3 has three main missions.
- It has already successfully demonstrated a safe and soft landing on the moon.
- The rover has also shown movement on the lunar surface.
Ongoing Scientific Experiments
- The third mission involves conducting scientific experiments on the moon, and it’s currently in progress.
- This mission made India the fourth country to land on the moon and the first to reach its unexplored south pole.
Playful Rover on the Moon
- ISRO shared a delightful video from the moon.
- It showed the Pragyan rover exploring the lunar terrain.
- ISRO described it as a child playfully frolicking on the moon’s surface.
Sulfur Found on the Moon
- Another instrument on the Pragyan rover confirmed the presence of sulfur on the moon.
- This discovery used a unique technique.
- Earlier, the ISRO team rerouted the Pragyan rover to ensure its safety after detecting a large crater on the moon’s surface.
- On August 23, Chandrayaan-3’s Lander Module touched down on the moon.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi named the landing spot ‘Shiv Shakti Point.’
- The site where Chandrayaan-2’s lander crash-landed in 2019 was named ‘Tiranga Point.’
- August 23 is now celebrated as ‘National Space Day’ in India.