Chandrayaan finds water ice on moon
After India’s first lunar mission Chandrayaan – 1 found evidence of water on the moon’s surface, scientists have now discovered more than 40 small craters with water ice on the moon.
Chandrayaan – 1 carried a NASA radar on board which has detected deposits of water ice at both poles of the moon.
Many scientists believe the discovery is very significant. They say water ice could serve as a natural resource for future lunar mission landings, can be liquefied into drinking water and water components could be used to provide breathing air and rocket fuel.
Could this breakthrough unravel much more about the lunar space and the solar system?
Space scientist and former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief, G. Madhavan Nair called this the “finding of the millennium”.
Do you think this discovery will lead to sustainable human presence on the moon?
Nair also believes that Chandrayaan – 2, India’s planned second lunar mission, could be taken to that region, could go further deep than the NASA radar (Mini-SAR) and substantiate the evidence found by Chandrayaan – 1.
Has India made a place for itself in space exploration with its first lunar mission itself? Also, will these discoveries change the way we look at the moon?