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.
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.