ISRO's Chandrayaan-3 Reveals Surprising Moon Surface Temperatures

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Data showcased a stark difference in temperatures


BENGALURU: In an astonishing revelation, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) unveiled a temperature analysis of the moon's surface using the 'Chest' instrument attached to the Vikram lander of Chandrayaan-3. The data showcased a stark difference in temperatures, leaving scientists amazed.

ISRO scientist BHM Darukesha shared insights into the intriguing findings. He expressed, "Previous expectations were that the moon's surface temperature could range between 20 to 30 degrees Celsius. However, the recorded temperature is as high as 70 degrees Celsius, which has astoundingly surpassed our initial predictions."

Delving into the data, Darukesh noted that the temperature below the lunar surface experiences a drastic drop to minus 10 degrees Celsius, showcasing a substantial temperature variation. This significant temperature difference has piqued the curiosity of researchers and space enthusiasts alike.

The 'Chandra's Surface Thermophysical Experiment' (ChaSTE), a payload of Chandrayaan-3, played a pivotal role in unraveling these temperature mysteries. The mission aimed to gauge the 'temperature profile' of the upper soil near the moon's south pole, offering valuable insights into the temperature dynamics on the lunar surface.