Chandrayaan 3 not land in Moon south pole Top Chinese scientist claims
Leading scientist Ouyang Jiyuan, who was involved in China's first moon mission, has said that it would be wrong to say that India's Chandrayaan has landed on the South Pole of the Moon. According to the SCMP report, the scientist said, 'It was neither at the South Pole, nor in the South Polar region, nor in the Antarctic polar region. It has landed in the southern hemisphere. Ouyang Jiyuan is a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and said this in a statement to Science Times.
Scientist says that Chandrayaan-3 rover has landed at 69 degrees latitude in the south. This region is definitely in the southern hemisphere of the Moon, but not at the pole. Whereas the polar region of the Moon is considered to be between 88.5 to 90 degrees. It is said that the Earth is tilted on its axis by 23.5 degrees with respect to the Sun. In this respect, the Earth's South Pole is considered to be between 66.5 and 90 degrees. Now, since the Moon is tilted on its axis by only 1.5 degrees, its polar region is also very small.
At the same time, the European Space Agency says that the landing of Chandrayaan-3 cannot be said to be on the exact South Pole. Landing on the South Pole is very difficult because it falls in the area of Shackleton crater. NASA has described the moon's polar regions as being between 80 and 90 degrees. In this respect also, Chandrayaan-3 has landed outside the polar region. But this landing is said to have taken place at a very high latitude where no country has been able to reach till now.
Congratulations @isro on your successful Chandrayaan-3 lunar South Pole landing! And congratulations to #India on being the 4th country to successfully soft-land a spacecraft on the Moon. We’re glad to be your partner on this mission! https://t.co/UJArS7gsTv
— Bill Nelson (@SenBillNelson) August 23, 2023
NASA chief Bill Nelson congratulated India in a post on social media platform X on August 23. In which it was written that many congratulations to the Indian Space Research Organization for the successful landing on the South Pole of the Moon! In such a situation, after the claim of the Chinese scientist, a controversy has arisen on this matter.
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