What inspires our team about the Moon is:
Moon, one of the finest creations in our nature, has always been a topic of interest to all human beings. From mythology to ballads to scientific exploration, humans have always tried to unveil its mysteries past and also use cutting-edge technology to acquire it for good of humanity. But before look up to moon, Team Chandra has an interesting story for the readers. This story is about the conflict between Ganesha, the elephant god, and Chandra, the moon god, in Hindu mythology.
Once upon a time, on a clear night Ganesha was on a journey on his vehicle mooshak (mouse).Suddenly a snake came out of bushes which scared the little mooshak. Frightened and terrified, mooshak started running and ultimately lord Ganesha fell on the ground. Chandra was watching the whole incident occur. Being very boastful about his shine and beauty he burst out of laughter seeing the condition of lord Ganesha. This made lord Ganesha angry and upset. In order to teach Chandra a lesson, lord Ganesha broke one of his tusk and threw it towards Chandra to destroy his beauty. Lord also cursed Chandra that no one would see him on Ganesh Chaturthi (Ganesha’s Birthday).
This is the reason why Ganesha is also called ‘Ekdanta’ i.e. One Tooth. Also, watching moon is not advised on Ganesh Chaturthi. But, the fact that makes even more interesting is that even today you can find dark spots on moon just by looking at it! Though scientists predict that they formed due to cosmic collision (Ganesha’s tooth also collided with Moon), but it’s still a mystery.
But, just as it is important for our lunar scientists to solve the mystery of these dark spots, it’s also necessary to find economic opportunities from moon. Lunar landscape is always believed to have great potential for commercial mining including precious metals to providing fuel for electricity. Many lunar rovers and orbiters have also confirmed it. But before we actually start mining, we need to conduct comprehensive research about its concentration, depth, mining sites and scientific as well as economic feasibility.
Team Chandra, as it’s tagline says ‘Connecting past with future’, aspires to find the past of these dark spots and also the future of commercial mining on moon. Team (hereafter for Team Chandra) wants to plan a MOONBOT mission which can serve for both purposes i.e. dark spots and commercial mining. Here is how team has planned to do it:
1. Robot: Team proposes to build a rover which is tough and strong and can survive extreme conditions on lunar surface. Intention is to design a rover which is capable of travelling to lunar craters and has long battery life to conduct fruitful experiments. Team will also try to make it as mobile and as agile as possible.
2. Lunar Landscape: Team aims to show the landing site near a crater in dark region of moon because of following reasons:
A. One of our primary objectives is to study dark spots on moon’s surface; hence it’s important that landing site is in dark region.
B. Dark region on moon has less number of craters than the other regions which further increases mobility and helps in landing.
C. Scientists have predicted that this region seems dark because large amount of lava flowed after cosmic collision some 3.5bn years ago. This suggests that this region may have high concentration of minerals.
D. Scientific Instruments: We have planned to keep various mining devices on board. Although it’s not possible to fit real instruments on robot, team has decided to keep working-scale models of important mining devices like drills, spectrometers, extractors etc.
3. Scope for research: Team believes that this mission, if done practically, can give useful data to solve the quest of these dark spots and also increase opportunities for commercial mining on moon in future.
There have been many lunar missions (including manned mission) by various countries over past few decades which have explained us a lot about moon. But still there have been many mysteries, myths and unexplained facts that have surrounded us while doing moon exploration. Thus, moon presents huge opportunities for research and exploration for the scientific community.
Team believes that the above mission can help to make moon a useful resource for human society and also help to take commercial space missions to a next level. Team also has faith that this mission can surely create a curiosity among young minds to crack the quests that surround moon. After all science has never allowed us to fully explain the activities that happen around us. At last Team would like to quote a verse from Rig Veda which shows how vulnerable we all are:
Who really knows, and who can swear,
How creation came, when or where!
Even gods came after creation’s day,
Who really knows, who can truly say
When and how did creation start?
Did he will it? Or did he not?
Only He, up there, knows, maybe;
Or perhaps not even He.
-Rig Veda 10:129
Testimonial from someone who has viewed our tale:
Connecting past with future
3.5 billion years have ago something happened on Moon which changed it forever. Who was behind it? Was it a godly event or just a collision? Years have passed and scientists are yet to crack the dark quest. Team Chandra will try to go to the roots and find out a reason. But that’s not all we should do.
For years we have we have struggled to fulfil our aspirations for a better lifestyle. Though we have made progress but we still starve for resources. But tomorrow moon may enable us to bring a change in our lives. Team Chandra finds how Moon will be lifesaver for our future generations. But it’s not going to be an easy attempt.
Praise for Team Chandra
“Exciting concept to relate past with future and that too in one mission but the best part is it's is connected to our traditional stories!"