October 23, 2008
This artist's concept shows the Indian lunar mission Chandrayaan-1. The mission will carry on board two European experiments which are direct 'descendents' from ESA's SMART-1 - the infrared spectrometer, SIR2, and the X-ray spectrometer, C1XS, to study the mineralogy and the chemical composition of the lunar surface. The third European instrument on board is the SARA Sub-kiloelectronvolt Atom Reflecting Analyser, that will study the interaction between the lunar surface and the solar wind.
Topics: Exploration, Spacecraft, Space exploration, Environment, Chandrayaan-1, SMART-1, Indian space program, Moon landing, European Space Agency, Science, SELENE, Moon, Unmanned spacecraft