Indian Lunar Rover Discovers Sulfur, Aluminum, Iron, Calcium, and More on the Moon
Just a week after the successful landing, the Indian lunar rover “Pragyan” has detected sulfur and several other elements near the Moon’s South Pole while searching for signs of water ice. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) shared this discovery, reported by the Associated Press.
The rover’s spectroscopy also identified aluminum, iron, calcium, chromium, titanium, manganese, oxygen, and silicon on the lunar surface. The Indian space agency mentioned that the apparatus “unequivocally confirmed the presence of sulfur.” The objective of the lunar mission “Chandrayaan-3” is to identify signs of water ice, which could potentially serve as a source of drinking water and rocket fuel for future missions.
“Pragyan” is set to continue its research for another 14 Earth days. During this time, it will study the Moon’s atmosphere and seismic activity. On the previous Monday, operators had to adjust the rover’s route when it approached a 4-meter-wide crater. The rover moves at a speed of about 10 cm/s to minimize impact and potential damage while traversing challenging terrains.
The Indian Space Research Organisation was established in 1962. In 2014, India successfully placed a probe in Mars’ orbit. However, in 2019, the lunar mission “Chandrayaan-2” faced setbacks. Next year, with support from the United States, India plans to carry out its first mission to the International Space Station (ISS).
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