NASA Year in Review 2008
NASA's Top Stories of 2008 - What Do You Think?
Indian Moon Trophy
ISS 10th Anniversary
Phoenix
Ares 1
Arctic Sea ice
Lighting up the Night/Themis
Hubble/Planet
Testing on Rocket Engine
Collier Trophy
Indian Spacecraft
Swimsuit

NASA Returns to the Moon with Instruments on Indian Spacecraft

NASA has partnered with India to fly two science instruments aboard the country's first lunar explorer, Chandrayaan-1. The Indian Space Research Organization launched Chandrayaan-1 on Oct. 22 from Sriharikota, India. It entered lunar orbit on Nov. 8. NASA's Moon Mineralogy Mapper is surveying mineral resources of the moon, and the Miniature Synthetic Aperture Radar is mapping the moon's polar regions and looking for ice deposits in the permanently shadowed craters. Data from the two instruments is contributing to NASA's increased understanding of the lunar environment as the agency implements the nation's space exploration policy, which calls for robotic and human missions to the moon.

Moon Mineralogy Mapper
Mini-RF

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