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Chandrayaan-3 Mission Success Evaluation



  Sep 08, 2023

Chandrayaan-3: How Successful?


The Takeaways

 

1. What significant achievements has Chandrayaan-3 accomplished?

Chandrayaan-3, launched by ISRO, has achieved groundbreaking results. The Pragyan rover equipped with LIBS has identified elements like aluminium, sulphur, calcium, iron, and more on the lunar surface. The Vikram lander recorded a 'moonquake' and detected a super-thin layer of plasma in the moon's atmosphere, revealing unique lunar phenomena.
 

2. How does the discovery of elements contribute to our knowledge of the moon?

The identification of elements like sulphur and oxygen helps unravel the moon's composition, enabling insights into its geological history and volcanic activity. These findings are crucial for understanding the moon's origin, potential past life-supporting conditions, and even for future human exploration.
 

3. What are the implications of the 'moonquake' and plasma layer discovery?

The 'moonquake' data collected by the Vikram lander provides insights into lunar seismic activities. The detection of a plasma layer in the lunar atmosphere suggests differences between the moon and Earth in terms of atmospheric characteristics and responses to solar flares.
 

4. How do Chandrayaan-3's achievements compare with other space missions?

Chandrayaan-3 joins the ranks of notable space missions like China's Chang'e 5, which discovered new lunar minerals and water in glass beads. While these missions contribute to a broader understanding of the moon, Chandrayaan-3's sulphur observation holds potential for further discoveries.
 

5. What's next for Chandrayaan-3 and lunar exploration?

Having achieved its primary objectives, the Chandrayaan-3 mission is not over. The Pragyan rover has been temporarily put to 'sleep' to conserve power. As the lunar sunrise approaches, efforts will be made to reactivate the rover for further observations. The mission's success paves the way for continued lunar exploration and potential future missions.
 

6. Does Chandrayaan-3 bring us closer to finding water on the moon?

Chandrayaan-3's findings of sulphur and oxygen are significant in understanding lunar elemental composition. While not a direct confirmation of water presence, these discoveries provide valuable insights into potential sources and conditions that could contribute to a future monumental moon water discovery.
 
"Unlocking Lunar Secrets: Chandrayaan-3's Discoveries - Sulphur, Moonquakes, and Glimmers of Water" (Sriram's Edition)


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