Originally posted by bubbapug1985
Whats the big deal? The US did all of this over 40 years ago, they are still way behind.
So what has NASA to show for it except for screwed up pics with resolutions that suck!! (At least the ones they've shown to the public!) and a few
kilos of Moon rock?
What will they learn differently from going to the moon that the US didnt?
Why waste time with the moon.
The US/NASA/Naval int still don't know everything about the Moon yet. Heck, we've been on Earth for 20000 years and still know zilch about it! We
know probably just about 1% of what the Moon is all about.
Now let's see what India's Chandrayaan is going to do that have NOT been done by any country so far:
3D terrain mapping that will map the ENTIRE topography of the moon, which helps in better understanding of the lunar evolution process.
Mapping of the minerals on the lunar surface as well as for understanding the mineralogical composition of the Moon’s interior
Hyperspectral Imager (HySI).
Obtaining data for accurately determining the height of lunar surface features
with the help of the Lunar Laser Ranging Instrument (LLRI).
Exploring the possibility of identifying Polar Regions covered by thick water-ice deposits
as well as in identifying regions of high Uranium
and Thorium concentrations
with the High Energy X-ray Spectrometer (HEX).
High quality mapping of the moon using X-ray fluorescence technique for finding the presence of Magnesium, Aluminum, Silicon, Iron and Titanium
distributed over the surface of the Moon with the Imaging X ray Spectrometer (C1XS).
Study of the lunar surface to explore the mineral resources and the formation of its surface features with the Smart Near Infrared Spectrometer
Study the surface composition of the moon and the magnetic anomalies
associated with the surface of the moon using the Sub kiloelectronvolt
Atom Reflecting Analyser (SAR).
Characterization of the radiation environment in a region of space surrounding the moon
by the Radiation Dose Monitor (RADOM).
Mini Synthetic Aperture Radar (MiniSAR) for detecting water ice in the permanently shadowed regions of the lunar poles up to a depth of a few
To assess and map lunar mineral resources at high spatial and spectral resolution with the help of an imaging spectrometer called the Moon Mineralogy
And don’t forget the presence of Helium 3 / 4
that the Moon Impact Probe will evaluate, which is an important facet of the mission.
So, do you now see what no other nation, including the U.S, has done in any detail so far? Chandrayaan will!
[edit on 24-10-2008 by mikesingh]