Chandrayaan 3 mission: Pragyan rover detects oxygen, other elements on Moon; hunt underway for hydrogen
Chandrayaan-3 rover confirms presence of sulphur in lunar surface, search for Hydrogen underway: ISRO
The Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscope instrument onboard 'Pragyan' rover of Chandrayaan-3 has “unambiguously confirmed" the presence of sulphur in the lunar surface near south pole.
ISRO informed on Monday that the Pragyan Rover had come across a 4-meter diameter crater on the lunar surface some 3 meters ahead of its location. It had then been commanded to retrace its path and head down a new, safer route.
Scientists say that the rover is currently in a “race against time" with ISRO working to cover a maximum distance of the uncharted South pole through the six-wheeled vehicle. Two of the moon mission objectives - soft landing on the lunar surface and movement of the Pragyan rover – have already been achieved. The rover and lander continues to obtain science data via attached payloads.
“We have only 14 days in total for this mission, which is equal to one day on the moon, so four days have been completed. The more experiments and research we can do in the remaining ten days will be important. We are in a race against time because in these 10 days, we have to do maximum work and all the ISRO scientists are working on it," Nilesh M Desai, Director, Space Applications Centre, told ANI on Sunday.
India became the first country to land on the south pole of the moon last week as Chandrayaan-3 touched down on the lunar surface. It is also the fourth country – after the US, China, and Russia – to have successfully landed on the moon’s surface.
(With inputs from agencies)
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