India has joined an international race for exploring the moon’s darker face. The Indian astronomers are now planning to launch a mining expedition on the lunar surface for nuclear fuel. ISRO is all set to launch an unmanned lunar mission in the latter half of this year. This mission will be focused on exploring the signs of water and helium-3 at the southern face of the moon. Indian Space Research Organization the prestigious organization of India involved in the space study.
It is being said that if the helium-3 is adequately harnessed it could change the dimensions of energy consumption on our planet for the upcoming two hundred and fifty years. There is a limited supply of Helium-3 on Earth. However, the scientists believe that Helium-3 supply is abundant on the lunar surface.
Dr. Kailasavadivoo Sivan conveys, “The countries which have the capacity to bring that source from the moon to Earth will dictate the process. I don’t want to be just a part of them; I want to lead them.” Dr. Kailasavadivoo Sivan is the current chairman of Indian Space Reseach Organization.
Apart from India, other countries such as Russia, China, the United States and Japan are also interested in exploring the darker side of the moon. One phase of the long-term plan of ISRO is landing a rover on the lunar surface. The long-term plan is inclusive of a space station launch and a human crew on Earth’s lunar satellite.
Dr. Sivan further adds, “We are ready and waiting. We’ve equipped ourselves to take on this particular programme.” Dr. Sivan joined ISRO in the year 1982.
While we talk about this ongoing century, China is the only country in the world to launch anything on the lunar surface. China’s lunar mission was named Change 3 mission and was successfully launched in the year 2013. Besides, NASA has a target budget of nineteen billion dollars for aiming a rover launch on the lunar surface within a span of next five years.