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Chandrayaan-1 Scientific Objective

Chandrayaan-1 Scientific objective

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Mission Objectives

Carry out high resolution mapping of topographic features in 3D, distribution of various minerals and elemental chemical species including radioactive nuclides covering the entire lunar surface using a set of remote sensing payloads. The new set of data would help in unravelling mysteries about the origin and evolution of solar system in general and that of the moon in particular.

 

Realize the mission goal of harnessing the science payloads, lunar craft and the launch vehicle with suitable ground support system including DSN station, integration and testing, launching and achieving lunar orbit of ~100 km, in-orbit operation of experiments, communication/telecommand, telemetry data reception, quick look data and archival for scientific utilization by identified group of scientists.

 

Specific areas of study

High resolution mineralogical and chemical imaging of permanently shadowed north and south polar regions

 

Search for surface or sub-surface water-ice on the moon, specially at lunar pole

 

Identification of chemical end members of lunar high land rocks

 

Chemical stratigraphy of lunar crust by remote sensing of central upland of large lunar craters, South Pole Aitken Region (SPAR) etc., where interior material may be expected

 

To map the height variation of the lunar surface features along the satellite track

 

Observation of X-ray spectrum greater than 10 keV and stereographic coverage of most of the moon's surface with 5 m resolution, to provide new insights in understanding the moon's origin and evolution.

 

Last Updated ( Friday, 11 September 2009 07:45 )  

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