Moon Mineralogy Mapper

Moon Mineralogy Mapper

The Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) is one of two instruments that NASA contributed to India‘s first mission to the Moon,Chandrayaan-1, launched October 22, 2008. The instrument is led by principal investigator Carle Pieters of Brown University, and managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

M3 and India’s First Mission to the Moon

The Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) is one of two instruments contributed by NASA to India’s first mission to the Moon, Chandrayaan-1.  M3, a state-of-the-art imaging spectrometer, has provided the first mineralogical map of the lunar surface at high spatial and spectral resolution.  By analyzing the data, scientists are determining the composition of the surface of the Moon.

Get M3 Data

M3 data products are free and available to the science community and general public. M3 data is distributed by the NASA Planetary Data System (PDS) Imaging Node.


Will be looking for sources of information about what we can find on our Moon.  It would be nice to be able to access a lot of different material from one application so that we could better understand what is available and plan for the use of this nearby astronomical neighbor.
– LRK –


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Retired Navy Aviation Electronics Warrant Officer
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