Unexplored South Pole

A successful landing of Chandrayaan-2 taking billion dreams to the Moon will make India the fourth country after Russia, the US and China to achieve a soft-landing on the lunar surface. But it will be the first to launch a mission to the unexplored Moon’s South Pole.

The world over, countries, companies, and even individuals are turning to the Moon — vying with each other to fly their flags on the lunar South Pole.

But what makes lunar South Pole so special.

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Untouched by sunlight

Its craters have been untouched by sunlight for billions of years — offering an undisturbed record of the solar system’s origins.

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A lot of water

Its permanently shadowed craters are estimated to hold nearly 100 million tons of water.

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For future exploration

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For future exploration

Its elemental and positional advantages make it a suitable pit stop for future space exploration.

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Untapped source of resources

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Untapped source of resources

Its regolith has traces of hydrogen, ammonia, methane, sodium, mercury, and silver — making it an untapped source of essential resources.

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