Footage From Mars Falsely Shared As First Visuals From Chandrayaan 3

A video consisting of footage from Mars taken by Nationwide Aeronautics and House Administration (NASA’s) Curiosity Rover on the planet is being shared on social media as first visuals from the moon despatched by Chandrayaan-3’s lander and rover. 

The footage that’s being shared on social media is a monochrome model of an prolonged video on YouTube. Additional, the viral video shouldn’t be the identical because the official movies which have been launched of the Chandrayaan-3 mission by the Indian House Analysis Organisation (ISRO). 

On August 23, ISRO efficiently landed a rover named Pragyaan on the southern pole of the moon, making India the primary nation to take action as a part of its Chandrayaan-3 mission. The purpose of touchdown is known as ‘Shiv Shakti Level’. Following the profitable touchdown, there was a number of false claims surrounding the mission. BOOM has fact-checked a number of such claims of previous and unrelated movies being misleadingly linked to the Chandrayaan-3 mission. Learn the actual fact checks right here. 

The video displaying monochromatic visuals of a hilly panorama has been captioned as, ‘Chandrayaan-3 despatched the primary moon video after touchdown.” 


BOOM discovered a hardcoded line on the video’s backside that learn, “This scene was captured with the Curiosity Rover’s…”. Nonetheless, a Chandrayaan-3 watermark in Hindi on the highest left nook of the display appears newer. Additional, the alphabets ‘ce‘ may be seen on the highest left nook, which signifies that the textual content had been lower out. 

BOOM used the captions from the video to carry out a key phrase search and was in a position to find the next video on YouTube. The title of the video, uploaded by the channel Tavi Technical House on August 8, 2023, is “Mars Rover’s Panoramic Cam Seize Newest 360° Surprising Bizarre 4K Video Footage of Mars Life.” This exhibits that the video was uploaded greater than two weeks earlier than the Chandrayaan -3 mission made a comfortable touchdown on the moon’s South Pole. 

 In keeping with the outline of the video, it exhibits footage from NASA’s Curiosity Rover. The outline states that the video was composed with a number of Dwell visuals capturing 360-degree actual panorama photographs in 4k resolutions from Mars through the Mars 2023 missions. An excerpt from the outline reads, “All panoramic scene made up with a number of photographs of Mars taken by onboard Mast cameras (panoramic cam) on sol 3899 and 3090 through the NASA mars mission.”

The identical visuals and captions may be seen from the 26 seconds mark into the video. The footage is analogous, with the viral video being a discoloured model of the unique.

The screengrab talked about that the picture was taken by Curiosity Rover’s Mastcam on July 25, 2023, the 3899 Martian Day.

Taking a cue, BOOM scanned NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover web site and located an nearly comparable picture taken from the Curiosity shared on NASA’s web site. Here is is a comparability of the identical. 

The Curiosity Rover was launched in November 2012 and landed on Mars in August, 2013. It’s nonetheless in service and has an energetic social media feed by way of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory.

Furthermore, the video claiming to be from the moon exhibits intensive panorama. It isn’t just like the panorama seen within the video footage formally launched by ISRO.

The footage launched by ISRO solely exhibits a restricted geography – the rapid surrounding on the moon of the Pragyaan rover touchdown zone. It additionally consists of photographs of the floor of the moon. 

ISRO additionally launched photographs of the world surrounding Shiv Shakti Level. 


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