Is this photo of Indian emblem and ISRO logo etched on the moon’s surface real?

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India`s emblem & ISRO logo is etched on the moon for eternity.! #PragyanRover touches down on the moon surface. #Chandrayaan3 is a grand success.

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Explanation

The above viral tweet shared by the user namely “Vertigo_Warrior” showed an image to claim that India’s emblem and ISRO logo are etched on the moon’s surface. And he added that the rover Pragyan touched down on the moon after the grand success of Chandrayaan-3. In the images, we can see the landing of Chandrayaan 3 in the first clip and in the second clip we see the clear imprints of the Indian emblem and ISRO logo on the moon’s surface with a grainy grey background.

This same image went viral and was shared by many social media users which can be viewed here, here and here. Come, let’s check the veracity of this sensational image.

What’s the truth?

When we started our research using the simple Google reverse image process, we were not able to find any official pictures posted by the ISRO on any of its pages. When we studied the image again from a closer angle we found a watermark on the bottom left corner. Eventually, we found the text with the name ‘Krishanshu Garg’ on the bottom left.

Taking a further hint from this we searched for the name in the X account and found “Krishanshu Garg”who had uploaded the same image with the title “Can’t wait for this!” in a comment to ISRO’s post on 23 August 2023.

Moreover, when we intensified our research we found out that today 24 August 2023, Krishanshu Garg in his Instagram handle has clarified it as an artwork in his stories as seen below.

Likewise, we also found a similar vector to the border of the imprint used in Garg’s image on the website namely hiclipart.com

An interesting fact is that aerospace engineer Tobi Li shared in his X account about Chandrayaan-3’s Pragyan Rover do includes an indent of the national emblem of India and the logo of ISRO on its two rear wheels as shown in the given images.

This gives more clarity for the ongoing confusion in such a way that, when we compared the pictures parallelly, its clearly visible that the real picture has marks on the tyres whereas in the artwork the marks are in the middle.

           Comparison of both images

Conclusion:

Therefore, we conclude through our investigation that the above imprints of the Indian emblem and ISRO logo circulated on social media are not real. Moreover, the user who shared the viral image has made it clear that it is an artwork through all his social media accounts.

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