Ejecta halo : Chandrayaan 3
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) revealed that the “Chandrayaan-3 Lander Module generated a spectacular ‘ejecta halo’ of lunar material.
- The Vikram lander of the Chandrayaan-3 mission landed near the south pole of the moon.
- During the action of descent stage thrusters and the consequent landing, a significant amount of lunar surficial epi regolith material got ejected, resulting in a reflectance anomaly or ejecta halo”,
- Scientists from Indian Space Research Organisation estimate that about 2.06 tonnes of lunar epi regolith were ejected and displaced over an area of 108.4 m² around the landing site
- Ejecta halo is an irregular, bright patch surrounding the lander.
- This discovery sheds light on the behaviour of lunar materials during such events.
- It opens up new avenues for research and understanding lunar geology.