India’s lunar rover has made a huge discovery while searching for water on South Pole of Moon

After successfully landing on the Moon nearly a week ago, India's lunar rover has already come across a large crater – and now it's discovered something else.

by | Published on 30th Aug 2023

India’s Moon landing keeps changing what we know about Earth’s only natural satellite.

India’s lunar rover is exploring the surface of the South Pole of the Moon as we speak, and it’s already come across a four-meter-wide crater.

And now India’s space agency has confirmed that it’s made another incredible discovery.

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According to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) website, the lunar rover has been able to confirm the presence of sulphur.

Not only that, but several other elements have been detected near the lunar south pole.

The rover’s laser-induced spectroscope instrument also detected aluminum, iron, calcium, chromium, titanium, manganese, oxygen and silicon on the lunar surface.

ISRO said that the Chandrayan-3 Rover is expected to conduct experiments over 14 days.

The lunar rover is primarily searching for signs of frozen water that could help future astronaut missions as a potential source of drinking water or to make rocket fuel.

But, according to ISRO chairman S Somnath, the rover will also study the Moon’s atmosphere and seismic activity.

Earlier this week, the rover’s route had to be reprogrammed when it came close to a large crater measuring four meters in diameter.

It’s not like the rover would’ve fallen in the crater, though, as the craft moves at a slow speed.

Apparently, it moves at around 10 centimeters per second to minimize shock and damage to the vehicle from the Moon’s rough terrain.

India will want to tread carefully, though, after a failed attempt to land on the moon in 2019.

But, the latest successful mission means India has joined the US, Soviet Union and China as only the fourth country to achieve this milestone.

The mission started more than a month ago at an estimated cost of $75 million dollars.

India’s success came just days after Russia’s Luna-25, which was aiming for the same lunar region, spun into an uncontrolled orbit and crashed.

Had it landed, it would have been the first successful Russian lundar landing after a gap of 47 years.



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