ChaSTE (Chandra’s Surface Thermophysical Experiment) measures the temperature profile of the lunar topsoil around the pole, to understand the thermal behaviour of the moon’s surface.
The space agency shared a graph illustrating the temperature variations of the lunar surface/near-surface at various depths, as recorded during the probe’s penetration.
ChaSTE has a temperature probe equipped with a controlled penetration mechanism capable of reaching a depth of 10 cm beneath the surface. The probe is fitted with 10 individual temperature sensors.
Earlier, ISRO chief S Somnath on Saturday had said that most of the scientific mission objectives of Chandrayaan-3 are going to be met now and the team at ISRO is looking excitedly for the next 13-14 days.
He said all the scientific data is looking very good. “We will continue to measure a lot of data from the Moon in the coming 14 days. And we hope that we will make a really good breakthrough in science while doing so,” said the ISRO chief.India on August 23 scripted history by becoming the first nation to land a spacecraft, Chandrayaan-3, near the south pole of the moon.The success of India’s third lunar mission made it only the fourth country to achieve the milestone after the US, Russia and China.