Lunar Polar Hydrogen Mapper

Project: Research project

Description

Lunar polar Hydrogen Mapper (LunaH-Map) is a 6U CubeSat that will orbit the Moons South Pole to map the distribution of near-surface hydrogen (H) at unprecedented spatial scales (~7.5 km/pixel). LunaH-Map will 1) map H within permanently shadowed craters

Description

The Lunar Polar Hydrogen Mapper CubeSat (LunaH-Map) is a NASA Science Mission
Directorate (SMD) sponsored planetary science mission that will launch as a secondary payload on the maiden flight of the Space Launch System (SLS). LunaH-Map will enter lunar orbit and use a neutron spectrometer to map hydrogen abundance at the Moons South Pole, and will provide critical data on the abundance of lunar polar volatiles within permanently shadowed craters.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date10/1/159/30/20

Funding

  • NASA: Goddard Space Flight Center: $9,292,732.00

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