The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), released insights into the temperature variations on the Moon's surface discovered by Chandra's Surface Thermophysical Experiment (ChaSTE) payload onboard Chandrayaan-3's Vikram lander on Sunday (August 27).
Chandrayaan-3 Mission:— ISRO (@isro) August 27, 2023
Here are the first observations from the ChaSTE payload onboard Vikram Lander.
ChaSTE (Chandra's Surface Thermophysical Experiment) measures the temperature profile of the lunar topsoil around the pole, to understand the thermal behaviour of the moon's… pic.twitter.com/VZ1cjWHTnd
The X post said, "This is the first such profile for the lunar south pole."
This ChaSTE payload stationed near the lunar south pole with its penetration mechanism aims to uncover the Moon's thermal behaviour by measuring the temperature profile of the lunar topsoil at various depths.
Chandrayaan-3 made history on August 23 when its lander module successfully touched down on the lunar surface. This marked a milestone for ISRO, making India the fourth country to achieve this feat and the first to reach the south pole of Earth's only natural satellite.