Nasa map to direct Chandrayaan-2 on moon
The first ever entire map of moon’s surface being developed by the US’s National Aeronautics & Space Administration (Nasa) will show India’s second unmanned lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 the method around on moon. The map, which is being ready by Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight Centre by using its lunar reconnaissance orbiter (LRO) spacecraft that is orbiting moon, will help India’s 2013 planned Chandrayaan-2 decide its precise landing point on the lunar surface, resource in the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) told DNA.

As a associate of the international lunar exploration working group, India is in line to obtain Nasa’s lunar map data when the work will be complete, for a time in 2013, in time for Chandrayaan-2 to be launched. The Chandrayaan-2 will comprise a 1,200 kg Russian intended and developed moon lander carrying a single 15 kg rover developed by Isro in collaboration with Russia. The lander will also carry a 35 kg scientific payload powered by solar panels, an equipment to analyse the lunar soil and notice the presence of water, a seismometer, a laser reflector, and will place a landing beacon to assist future moon landings.

According to them, the data being compiled will contain digital elevations and terrain maps which will act as fundamental reference for future scientific and human examination missions to the moon, beginning with Chandrayaan-2. “The data will be used by space scientists for a time of six months before being put into the free domain,” RR Navalgund, director of Ahmedabad-based Space Application Centre (SAC), told DNA. Chandrayaan-2 will pick up from where Chandrayaan-1 (October 2008-August 2009) left off after recording the discovery of water and water ice on moon, chiefly in moon’s polar region.

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