Objectives

Chandrayaan-1 will use several electromagnetic wavelengths – visible, near infrared, microwave, X-ray – to map the Moon’s minerals in unprecedented, high resolution, and study lunar geology and geochemistry.

The mission will:

  • Analyse geological, mineralogical and topographical aspects of the lunar surface in unprecedented detail
  • Study the vertical distribution of crustal material
  • Investigate the processes that led to the formation of craters, maria and basins on the Moon
  • Explore space weathering processes, that result from the interaction of the solar wind and cosmic rays with the Moon’s surface
  • Analyse the magnetic anomalies on the lunar surface
  • Search for ices at the poles
  • Produce 3D maps of regions of particular scientific interest at high spatial resolution (5-10 m)
  • Drop an impact probe on the lunar surface to test near-surface properties and test impact technology

Last update: 9 October 2008

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