Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Chandrayaan-3 Mission: Vikram Sends First-Ever Temperature Profile Of Moon’s South Pole – N.F Times

Chandrayaan-3 Mission: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has released the first observations from the Chandra’s Surface Thermophysical Experiment (ChaSTE) payload on Chandrayaan-3’s Vikram lander.

ChaSTE has measured the temperature profile of the lunar topsoil around the Moon’s south pole, ISRO said in a mission update. These scientific observations are expected to help scientists understand the thermal behaviour of the lunar surface.

According to ISRO, Chandrayaan-3 has produced the first temperature-depth profile of the Moon’s south pole.

ISRO has released a graph which shows the variation of lunar surface temperature with depth. The probe recorded the temperature variations of the lunar surface and near-surface at various depths.

ChaSTE is equipped with a temperature probe which can penetrate into lunar soil up to a depth of 10 centimetres beneath the Moon’s surface. Not only can ChaSTE exhibit a controlled penetration mechanism, but is also fitted with 10 individual temperature sensors.

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