India’s First Lunar Mission
India launched its first lunar mission today, Chandrayaan-1 (which means “Moon craft” in Sanskrit, and I am not going to write that again for fear of misspelling). This mission will map almost the entire lunar surface with a resolution of about 5 meters and keep up the search for water in the polar regions. A 5 meter resolution is pretty good…you could see a house, but not something the size of a person. (The U.S. will launch the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter next year which will have much higher resolution but will not be able to image the entire surface of the Moon so these two missions complement each other nicely).
Congratulations to India…and best of luck in the futrue. They are planning a lander/rover mission for 2011!
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