ISRO, NASA Spacecraft Connect to Explore the Moon


ISRO-NASA in joint experiment with lunar probes news

A few minutes before midnight, India’s lunar mission Chandrayaan-1 would have crossed another milestone conducting an extremely complicated joint experiment with NASA’s recently launched Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). The experiment is intended to look at the possibility of water ice existing at the bottom of a massive crater on the moon’s surface.

The Bi-Static radar experiment, as it is called, will search for water ice in a crater on the Moon’s north pole. At approximately five minutes before midnight on 20 August both spacecraft would have been in close proximity approximately 200 km above the lunar surface.

As both the probes are equipped with radar instruments, the two instruments will look at the same location from different angles, with Chandrayaan-1’s radar transmitting a signal which will be reflected off the interior of the Erlanger crater, and then be picked up by NASA’s LRO.

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