reply to post by kinda kurious
I was basing my assumptions on the Terrian Cameras (CCD cameras) on each of these probes. These would be working as normal digital cameras in my
perception, i.e. viewing light in the visible spectrum.
Each of the probes(Japanese,Chinese, Indian and US) has one of these and I shared the comparative specs of those.
However I believe it would be possible to 'detect' the Apollo remanents by other means as well and some of these probes do indeed have interesting
gadgets like laser altimeters and the likes. I don't know how good these gadgets would be in looking for Apollo remanents.
The Japanese probe does indeed have 3 orbital components. The main one has the CCD camera I was talking about(60 mile orbit). The ones with elliptical
orbits however have no real terrain mapping capabilities.
They are used for measuring doppler shifts in light from the dark side of the moon.
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The Indian orbiter Chandrayaan though has a mini-probe onboard that it will deploy(crash-land) on the lunar surface.. and this mini-probe does have a
Moon Impact probe(MIP) developed by ISRO is in turn a small satellite that will be carried by Chandrayaan-1 and will be ejected once it reaches 100 km
orbit around moon, to impact on the moon. MIP carries three more instruments namely, a high resolution mass spectrometer, an S-Band altimeter and a
It seems that all onboard systems on this MIP will only function during the descent stage, i.e. nothing, including the camera, will work after
The MIP's purpose is interesting and logical for future soft landing missions. Shows that India is serious about returning to the lunar surface in
the form of unmanned(maybe manned) touchdowns.
Recent news indicates that the scientists building Chandrayaan-1 are confident of Apr 9, 2008 as a launch date.
Strangely, I was unable to find similar gadgets on the chinese orbiter Chang'e-1 due to launch later this month.
If they plan future soft landings on the moon(and they have publicised such ambitions), such MIP-type submissions are critical to gather relevant data
for future designs.
Or are they hiding many capabilities of that orbiter?
You never know!