Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Chandrayaan Sends 40,000 Images of Moon Surface

The comprehensive mapping, with resolutions of up to five meters, will help the country plan future missions to the moon

ISRO Chairman G. Madhavan Nair announced that the Chandrayaan has sent more than 40,000 images to the base station in the last two months.

These images are currently being analyzed and will undoubtedly prove invaluable to the scientific community. The ISRO chief said that while there were many lunar missions in the past, none of them has been able to provide comprehensive data in the form of images so detailed.

The Chandrayaan has been able to capture images of the lunar surface and get a complete picture of the moon with resolutions of up to five meters. Compare this with earlier missions, which capture images with a 100-meter resolution and that too of a very limited area.

The images from the mission will be used to study the composition of the lunar surface and to learn in detail the mineral composition of the moon. The comprehensive mapping will also help the country plan future missions to the moon, he said.

The chairman, speaking during an event, added that ISRO is blazing all guns and expects the country to execute its first manned moon mission by 2015!


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