Chandrayaan-3’s Lunar Surprise: You Won’t Believe Your Eyes!

Chandrayaan-3's Lunar Surprise: You Won't Believe Your Eyes!
NASA’s LRO – the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter – spacecraft imaged the Chandrayaan-3 landing site on the Moon’s surface. Credits: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Arizona State University

In the world of space exploration, India’s ISRO made history on August 23, 2023, when their Chandrayaan-3 mission successfully landed on the Moon, not far from its South Pole. It was a remarkable achievement.

Chandrayaan-3 lander is in the center of the image, its dark shadow is visible against the bright halo surrounding the vehicle. The image is 1,738 meters wide; frame No. M1447750764LR.
Credits: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Arizona State University

A few days later, NASA’s LRO Camera captured a fascinating picture of the lander from an interesting angle. The cool thing was that the lander had this glowing ring around it, caused by the rocket’s exhaust mixing with the moon’s dusty soil.

If you’re curious and want to see more images from Chandrayaan-3, you can check out ISRO’s gallery of pictures.

Just so you know, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland oversees the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission. They’ve been doing this since it was launched on June 18, 2009. The LRO has given us a ton of information about the Moon, thanks to its seven cool tools. Arizona State University takes care of the camera on the LRO.

So, picture this: Chandrayaan-3’s lander right in the center of the shot, casting a shadow on the bright ring around it. The picture is about 1,738 meters wide and goes by the name M1447750764LR. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and Arizona State University are the genius folks behind this cool image.

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