Moon Mineralogy Mapper

Mission Summary

The Moon Mineralogy Mapper, or M3, instrument flew aboard Chandrayaan-1, India's first mission to the moon, and provided the first mineralogical map of the lunar suface.

In 2009, the Moon Mineralogy Mapper made one of its biggest discoveries when it found water molecules in the polar regions of the moon.


Acronym: M3
 
Type: Instrument
 
Status: Past
 
Launch Date: October 22, 2008
2:22 a.m IST (20:52 UTC)
 
Launch Location: Satish Dhawan Space Centre, India
 
Mission End Date: August 30, 2009
 
Target: Moon
 
Destination: Moon
 
false-color image of Earth, seen from moon NASA's Moon Mapper Beholds Home

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artist concept of Chandrayaan-1 JPL Instrument Circling Moon

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artist concept of Chandrayaan-1 JPL Instrument Moon-Bound

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