Swedish Institute of Space Physics goes back to the Moon
‘”On April 7, the Swedish Institute of Space Physics successfully delivered the flight model of the Advanced Small Analyzer for Neutrals (ASAN) instrument to the National Space Science Center of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China. The ASAN instrument will be launched at the end of 2018 onboard the Chinese Chang’e 4 mission to the Moon. Chang’e 4 consists of an orbiter, lander and rover.”
The Advanced Small Analyzer for Neutrals (ASAN) instrument on Chang’e 4. (Image Credit: IRF)
Return to the Surface of the Moon
The ASAN instrument will mark the return of Swedish built scientific instruments to the lunar surface after the famous Hasselblad cameras used during the Apollo missions.
The ASAN instrument will allow a continuation of the very successful research initiated with the participation in the Indian Chandrayaan-1 mission with the SARA instrument. A wide range of ground breaking discoveries about the interaction of the solar wind with the lunar surface were made, including the first image of a mini-magnetosphere on the Moon. Many of the open questions raised by SARA measurements made from orbit, will find an answer with ground truth data obtained by the ASAN instrument.
Annelie Klint Nilsson
+46 980 79076
Dr. Martin Wieser
+46 980 79198
My thanks to LARRY KLAES who passed this information on the FPSPACE mailing list