Breaking News: Epic Moon Mission Partnership Revealed! 🚀 You Won’t Believe What ISRO and JAXA Are Planning!

“BENGALURU: ISRO extended its congratulations to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) for the successful launch of Japan’s lunar lander mission. The Bengaluru-based national space agency also conveyed its best wishes for the success of future lunar endeavors by the global space community.

On Thursday, JAXA successfully launched a rocket carrying an X-ray telescope aimed at exploring the origins of the universe. The launch also included the Smart Lander for Investigating the Moon (SLIM).

Notably, ISRO’s next planned Moon mission, following Chandrayaan-3, is set to be a collaborative effort with JAXA, and this partnership is making significant progress. This joint venture, known as the Lunar Polar Exploration Mission (LUPEX), involves cooperative efforts between JAXA and the Indian space agency.

JAXA and ISRO are jointly developing a rover and lander for the LUPEX mission. The rover will carry instruments from both ISRO and JAXA, as well as equipment from the US space agency NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA).

During a recent visit to ISRO Headquarters, Saku Tsuneta, Vice-Chair of Japan’s Cabinet Committee on National Space Policy and Director General of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, held discussions with ISRO Chairman S. Somanath about the progress of the LUPEX mission. Among the topics discussed was the development of a smaller lander for LUPEX, among other matters, as reported by an ISRO official.

JAXA’s LUPEX mission has multiple objectives, including exploring the suitability of the lunar polar region for establishing a sustainable lunar base, investigating the availability of lunar water-ice resources, and demonstrating lunar and planetary surface exploration technologies, including vehicular transport and overnight survival.

The Physical Research Laboratory in Ahmedabad, an autonomous unit of the Department of Space, has proposed multiple instruments for the LUPEX mission, primarily for conducting measurements in the surface and subsurface areas near the permanently shadowed polar region of the Moon.

One of the proposed instruments, called Permittivity and Thermo-Physical Investigation for Moon’s Aquatic Scout (PRATHIMA), aims to detect and quantify water-ice mixed with lunar surface and sub-surface soil using a rover/lander platform.

Another proposed instrument, the Lunar Electrostatic Dust Experiment (LEDEX), is designed to detect the presence of charged dust particles and confirm the dust levitation process in the volatile-rich polar region. It also aims to estimate the approximate size and flux of charged, levitated dust particles.

According to an ISRO official, the LUPEX mission is scheduled for launch in the year 2025.”

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