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ISRO Confirms Presence of Sulphur on Moon, Detects Oxygen; Hydrogen Search Ongoing

by khushahal vishwakarma

ISRO has stated that the Pragyan rover confirmed the presence of Sulphur on the lunar surface and identified oxygen, with the search for hydrogen ongoing

ISRO announced on Tuesday that the laser-induced breakdown spectroscope on the Pragyan rover has, for the first time through in-situ measurements, confirmed the presence of Sulphur in the lunar surface near the southern pole.

According to ISRO, the rover’s spectroscope has also identified aluminum, calcium, iron, chromium, titanium, manganese, silicon, and oxygen, in line with expectations. The search for hydrogen is still in progress.

“The initial analysis, presented graphically, has revealed the presence of aluminum (Al), sulphur (S), calcium (Ca), iron (Fe), chromium (Cr), and titanium (Ti) on the lunar surface. Further measurements have indicated the presence of manganese (Mn), silicon (Si), and oxygen (O). A thorough investigation into hydrogen’s presence is underway,” stated ISRO in its statement.

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This development comes after the Indian Space Research Organization stated that the Pragyan rover is on the path of “unveiling more mysteries” of the Moon. A few hours after the successful landing of Chandrayaan-3 on the southern pole of the Moon on August 23, the rover was deployed from the ‘Vikram’ lander.

On August 26, ISRO released a video of the rover moving around the landing site ‘Shiv Shakti’ on the Chandrayaan-3 landing point. “Chandrayaan-3 mission: What’s new here? The Pragyan rover is exploring the secrets of the Moon’s southern pole as it roams around Shiv Shakti point,” ISRO posted on its official account.

Yesterday, the space agency mentioned that the Pragyan rover had moved 3 meters ahead from its initial location to a pit measuring four meters in diameter on the lunar surface.

“On August 27, 2023, the rover advanced 3 meters ahead from its original position and approached a pit with a diameter of four meters. The rover has been instructed to return to its path. It is now safely progressing on a new route,” ISRO stated.

On August 23, India made history by becoming the first nation to touch the Moon’s southern pole.

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