Sunday, January 18, 2009

Recent Chandrayaan-1 Photos

Few "new" images have been released from the Chandrayaan-1 lunar orbiter mission. latest are the first images from NASA's radar instrument that's hitching a ride on board the Indian Space Research Organization's (ISRO) spacecraft. Called the Mini-SAR ,NASA's instrument recently passed initial in-flight tests and sent back its 1st data from Nov. 17, 2008, showing the first look inside one of the Moon's coldest, darkest craters. The image above shows a swath from the Mini-SAR overlaid on a ground-based telescope image of Haworth Crater. The swath shows the floor of this permanently-shadowed polar crater on the moon that isn't visible from Earth. The instrument will map both polar regions to search the insides of craters for water ice.

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