ISRO to include Swedish payload 'SARA' in 'Chandrayan-I'

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Bangalore, Oct 1 (UNI) The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will include the Swedish payload 'SARA' in its 'Chandrayan-I' mission, scheduled for April 9 next year.

Addressing a press conference here today, senior ISRO official S Satish said the Sub-keV Atom Reflecting Analyser (SARA) would help map the composition using low energy neutral atoms sputtered from the surface.

The ISRO and Swedish Board of Space Sciences, which had signed an MoU way back in 1986, continued close cooperation in space endeavours.

The 'Chandrayan-I' mission included eleven payloads -- five belonging to ISRO, four from European Space Agency (ESA) and two from NASA, he said.

The 1,304 Kg satellite (590 kg initial orbit mass and 504 kg dry mass), to be launched on a PSLV, would carry high resolution remote sensing equipment.

For over two years, the equipment would survey the lunar surface to produce a complete map of its chemical characteristics and three-dimensional topography.

The mission would carry out resolution mapping of topographic features and distribution of various minerals and elemental chemical species including radioactive nuclides covering the entire lunar surface using a set of remote sensing payloads, Dr Satish said.

The mission was progressing well and the ISRO was confident of launching it on April nine, 2008, he added.

UNI

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