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M3 was proposed in 2004 and selected as a NASA Discovery Mission of Opportunity in February of 2005. Instrument Principal Investigator, Dr. Carle Pieters of Brown University and Instrument Scientist, and Dr. Rob Green of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have been working together to design, build, and test the instrument and now collect and analyze spectral data with an expert team of engineers and scientists from across the United States and India.
Was there any dialogue between the two nation's space agencies?
NASA: We're gonna drop a great big chunk of hardware onto the moon in October to find water!
India: We're sending a probe in September to see if there's water, we could just share our data with you....