Fact-Check: Digitally-Created Video Shared as Footage From Chandrayaan-3

The viral video has been digitally created and doesn't show visuals taken by Chandrayaan-3.

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In light of ISRO's successful landing of the Chandrayaan-3 mission, a video showing visuals of the earth as seen from the moon has gone viral on the internet.

What is the claim? Those sharing the video have claimed that the visuals were captured by Chandrayaan-3.

The viral video has been digitally created and doesn't show visuals taken by Chandrayaan-3.

An archive of the post can be found here

(Source: X/Screenshot) 

(Archives of similar claims can be found herehere and here.)

What is the truth?: The viral video has been digitally created and is not real.

  • The video was first uploaded to the internet by Anil Verma in April on his YouTube channel.

  • Additionally, ISRO has not shared such a visual.


How did we find out?: We used reverse image search to look for the source of the video.

  • We found that X user Mithilesh Keshari shared the video on 20 August, whose tweet had 423.3K views at the time of writing the story.

  • Several users had called the video edited, animated or AI-generated in the video's comments section on X.

  • Keshari replied to those comments with a positive answer to their comments.

    (Swipe right to check a few examples of the comments under the user's tweet.)

  • These are a few examples of the comments under the viral video. 

    (Source: X/Screenshot) 

  • Apart from this, Keshari added another video under the viral video, saying that it is the full video.

  • The video had two watermarks in the bottom right corner that read "Invideo" and "Storyblocks."

  • You can swipe right to see the watermark signs on the video.

  • Here is a close up of the watermark on the video. 

    (Source: X/Screenshot) 

  • Invideo is an online video editing application, and Storyblocks is a stock footage website.

  • Additionally, ISRO or other official sources have not released such footage.

  • Later, we were informed by the original creator, Anil Verma, who makes space-related animated videos and posts them on his YouTube channel, 'The Infinite Madness', that he was the original creator of the video.

  • Verma uploaded this video on 24 April, months before Chandrayaan-3's lander made contact with the lunar surface.

The viral video has been digitally created and doesn't show visuals taken by Chandrayaan-3.

The video has been on the internet since April 2023.

(Source: YouTube/Altered by The Quint)

Conclusion: The viral video has falsely claimed that the visuals shown are of the Chandrayaan-3 vision of the Earth from the moon. The video has been digitally edited.


(Editor's Note: The copy has been updated to include the fact that the video was first uploaded on the internet by Anil Verma.)

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