As Chandrayaan-2's Vikram Lander gears up to land on the Moon, Republic TV spoke to geologist Arun Deep Ahluwalia, wherein he elaborated on potential findings. If the mission is successful, India will become just the fourth after Russia, United States of America and China to achieve a soft-landing on the Moon.
Arun Deep Ahluwalia says the major finding will be the sustenance of water on the Moon's south polar region, which is an area away from sunlight, possibly water that is billion years old. He further added that 100 millon tonnes of water might be trapped. Pragyan rover which will emerge from the Vikram lander once it lands on the Moon will survey its terrain and glean information about resources which could be found in abundance on the Moon. He named Helium-3, a stable isotope of Helium that is missing a neutron, which has the potential for generation of clean energy. Such a substance which is rarely found on Earth is believed to be found in abundance on the Moon.
India is eagerly awaiting the Vikram lander's soft-landing on the Moon on Saturday at 1.50 pm. It will land at the south pole region, the first mission of its type to venture to that area - approximately 71 degrees off the equator and 22.8 degrees east. Once that is successful, and after the dust settles, the Pragyan rover will roll out from a flap that will open on the Vikram lander.