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Find out what the Indian lunar mission has discovered so far and what are the next steps – São Bento under the microscope – Noticias de São Bento – Paraíba – Brazil

After the historic moon landing – which gave India a place in the select club of countries that have already safely landed a spacecraft on the moon – the unit Chandrayaan-3 It is now “sleeping” for 14 days of the lunar night, until mission controllers wake the spacecraft at the end of the month.

Major mission objectives were successfully completed, cementing Chandrayaan-3’s legacy in exploration history.

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For about two weeks, the spacecraft conducted technology demonstrations and data collection, focused primarily on analyzing the composition of the moon’s soil and extremely thin atmosphere.

The Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft landed on the lunar surface on August 23.

The safe landing made India the fourth country in the world to complete the feat, after the former Soviet Union, the United States and China. So far in the 21st century, only China and India have landed on the moon.

The mission also became the first to detect such proximity to the moon’s south pole, an area of ​​major scientific and strategic importance to global space powers.

This is because the area is believed to contain deposits of water ice, which could be turned into drinking water or even rocket fuel for future missions exploring the depths of the universe.

In India, the Chandrayaan 3 mission has been enshrined as a source of national pride. More than 70 million people watched coverage of the landing online, and thousands more packed auditoriums and concerts across the country.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote: “Our relentless scientific efforts will continue to develop a better understanding of the universe for the well-being of all mankind.”

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) confirmed last Monday (4) that the lunar module Chandrayaan-3 has been put into standby mode, as the spacecraft is not designed to collect scientific data during its landing site, it is in the shadow of the moon. Earth, or lunar night.

But the space agency expects the lander — as well as a small, six-wheeled rover that has also been deployed — to be woken up again on Sept. 22.