ISRO’s Vikram Lander creates eternal lunar halo: Explained

By Editorji News Desk
Published on | Oct 27, 2023

'Ejecta halo' on moon

ISRO’s Vikram Lander created an ‘ejecta halo’ on the moon’s surface while landing in August. It displaced lunar dust, which is also called regolith.

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Vikram's landing site

Scientists compared before and after images of the lander’s landing spot near the moon’s south pole. They spot a bright ring-like formation.

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Lunar dust displaced

ISRO said approximately 2.06 tonnes of lunar dust was displaced during the soft landing in August. It spread 108.4 m² around the landing site.

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Vikram clicks a selfie

Experts also clicked high-resolution pictures using Orbiter High Resolution Camera (OHRC) aboard the Vikram Lander.

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Perpetually on the moon

The moon has no erosion or atmosphere, which means the halo is likely to remain intact for a long time. Neil Armstrong’s lunar footprints still exist.

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India completes lunar milestone

India joined an elite space club on Aug 23 after the Chandrayaan-3’s Vikram Lander made a soft landing on the lunar surface.

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First on moon's south pole

After the successful landing, India became the first country to land near the south pole of the moon.

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