Besides the massive setback with the failure of Chandrayaan-2, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) gained millions of fandom across the globe for taking such a bold and challenging move. While the prestigious organisation is coping up with the lessons learnt from the failure, ISRO ramped up towards creating its own moon..!
Not literally, but on a discursive way. ISRO has got the patent for its method of manufacturing highland lunar soil simulant or simply lunar/moon soil. As per the patent application, the process is cost-effective as well as easily replicable for large scale use. Reportedly, the lunar soil simulant can be used for future scientific explorations taken up by the space agency.
Technically speaking, the surface of the earth and that of the moon are entirely different. So the scientists had to create an artificial moon surface to test the rover and lander. The patent is valid for 20 years from the date of filing the application, i.e., May 15, 2014 while the scientists have finalised to take the “anorthosite” rocks from Sithampoondi and Kunnamalai villages in Tamil Nadu as a main substance to make this moon soil.
As per the patent application, the process involves crushing the anorthosite rocks to the required size after which they will be moved to Bengaluru where its Lunar Terrain Test Facility was located. By the time the Chandrayaan-3 takes flight as ISRO’s third lunar expedition, the lunar soil simulant might just prove its worth with its success.