Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched its third lunar exploration mission, Chandrayaan 3 on July 14 from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, India. The Chandrayaan 3 mission is currently in an orbit around the moon. Lander Module (LM) is successfully separated from the Propulsion Module (PM) and is set to descend to a slightly lower orbit upon a deboosting planned for tomorrow as per the tweet by ISRO.
— Jasbir Karhana (@iJasbirKarhana) August 17, 2023
Meanwhile, a video showing aerial view of the earth from space is being circulated now with hashtags including ‘Chandrayaan 3’ and ‘ISRO’ in a context that the visual was captured by Chandrayaan 3 launched by ISRO. Some of the posts with such a claim can be seen here and here.
What is the truth?
When watching the video closely we found the text “Som ET – Credit: University of Iowa, Image courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center (ISS067-E-357091-357756)” at the end of the video.
With further search with relevant keywords, we found a Facebook reel posted on 13, April 2023 by a user named Som ET. The same credit details seen in the video are seen in the description part of the reel.
When searching for the images on the website of ‘Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth’ with the image IDs as mentioned at the end of the video “ISS067-E-357091-357756” we found that the images under ISS067 are captured in 2022. When checking the image IDs from 357091 to 357756 we found that they were captured on 11, September 2022 and the viral video visuals match the images on listed on the website.
When reverse searching the keyframes of the viral video, we found a similar video posted on the European Space Agency website. The video is titled as ‘Moonlight Timelapse’.
This video is dated 13, October 2022 on the ESA website. The description part reads: Timelapse video made during ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti’s second mission to the International Space Station, “Minerva”. Samantha shared this video on social media with the caption: “One last time, fly along with me! Farewell and, as always, thanks for all the fish!”
— Samantha Cristoforetti (@AstroSamantha) October 13, 2022
It is found that the video is in circulation since 2022 and is unrelated to ISRO or Chandrayaan 3.