A leading Chinese scientist has disputed India's claim that its Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft landed near the moon's south pole. The scientist asserts that the landing site was not in the lunar south pole region, sparking a controversy in the international scientific community.
According to the reports from various sources, the scientist stated, "The landing site of Chandrayaan-3 is not at the lunar south pole, not in the lunar south pole region, nor is it near the lunar south pole."
This statement challenges the Indian Space Research Organization's (ISRO) announcement that its Chandrayaan-3 mission had successfully landed near the lunar south pole. The Chinese scientist's refutation of the claim has led to vigorous debates within scientific circles about the exact location of the landing site.
The scientist further claimed that the landing spot was within the Moon's southern hemisphere but not in the polar region. This contradiction has raised several questions regarding the veracity of ISRO's claim and the accuracy of the landing coordinates provided by the organization.
The Chandrayaan-3 mission is India's third lunar exploration mission following Chandrayaan-1 and Chandrayaan-2. The mission aimed to land a rover near the Moon's south pole, a region unexplored by any other country.
It is worth noting that the exact coordinates of the landing site have yet to be independently verified. The international scientific community awaits further clarification on this matter.
This development underscores the high stakes and intense rivalry in the field of space exploration, where technological prowess and national pride often intermingle.