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INDIA-JAPAN MOON MISSION TO SEARCH FOR WATER: DETAILS



  May 16, 2024

INDIA-JAPAN MOON MISSION TO SEARCH FOR WATER: DETAILS



What is the goal of the LUPEX mission?

The primary goal of the LUPEX mission, a collaborative effort between ISRO and JAXA, is to explore the moon's surface and subsurface to detect and analyze water. This involves confirming the presence of water, assessing its quantity, and understanding its distribution and form on and beneath the lunar surface.

Who is responsible for the different components of the mission?

ISRO is developing the lander that will carry the rover to the moon, while JAXA is in charge of the rover and the launch vehicle. Additionally, the mission will include instruments from NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) to enhance its scientific capabilities.

When is the mission expected to launch?

The launch is planned for a few years from now, contingent upon the approval of ISRO’s lander project by the government of India.

What technological innovations does the mission hope to demonstrate?

The mission aims to demonstrate advanced lunar exploration technologies such as high-precision soil excavation, direct measurement of water ice, and enhanced rover mobility and survivability in challenging lunar environments.

What are the challenges faced by the mission?

Key challenges for the LUPEX mission include the technical intricacies of measuring water content directly, excavating lunar soil with precision, navigating diverse and rugged lunar terrain, and ensuring the rover can operate effectively in areas that receive no sunlight.

What broader impact will the mission have?

The data gathered from this mission could be crucial for future lunar expeditions and potential habitation, aiding in the development of ISRU technologies for water extraction and hydrogen production, crucial for long-term lunar missions.



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