Chandrayaan Rover’s Pragyan Confirms Sulphur Presence on Moon’s Surface, ISRO Continues Hunt for Hydrogen

Chandrayaan Pragyan Rover

Chandrayaan Pragyan Rover

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             Significant breakthrough, the Chandrayaan-3 rover’s Pragyan has made unprecedented on-site measurements in the south polar region of the moon. The rover’s Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscope (LIBS), a sophisticated instrument developed at the Laboratory for Electro-Optics Systems (LEOS) in ISRO’s headquarters in Bengaluru, has confirmed the presence of Sulphur (S) on the lunar surface near the south pole. This marks the first-ever in-situ measurement of Sulphur on the moon.

But that’s not all. The LIBS instrument has also detected the presence of various other elements that shed light on the moon’s composition. Elements such as Aluminum (Al), Calcium (Ca), Iron (Fe), Chromium (Cr), Titanium (Ti), Manganese (Mn), Silicon (Si), and Oxygen (O) have been identified, in line with the agency’s expectations.

Chandrayaan Pragyan Rover

One of the most eagerly anticipated findings from these experiments is the search for Hydrogen (H) on the moon’s surface, which is currently underway. The presence of Hydrogen could offer valuable insights into the moon’s history, potential water ice deposits, and broader lunar scientific understanding.

ISRO took to X (formerly known as Twitter) to share the exciting news, underlining the LIBS instrument’s crucial role in this groundbreaking discovery. Moreover, the agency posted a captivating video showcasing the rover’s descent to the Shiv Shakti Point, its designated landing site on the lunar surface. This spot serves as the starting point for the rover’s mission to unveil the moon’s hidden mysteries at the south pole.

Earlier observations from Chandrayaan-3’s instruments unveiled intriguing findings about the lunar surface’s temperature. The Chandra’s Surface Thermophysical Experiment (ChaSTE), a specialized instrument installed on the lander module, has highlighted a rapid temperature decrease with depth in the lunar topsoil. This discovery is particularly significant, especially in the context of the moon’s south pole region.

As Chandrayaan-3 continues its trailblazing journey of exploration, the confirmation of Sulphur’s presence and the ongoing quest for Hydrogen promise to revolutionize our understanding of the moon’s geological and chemical composition. These findings bring us closer to unraveling the moon’s mysteries and provide a platform for even more remarkable discoveries in the future.

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