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ShadowCam To Fly On Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter: Mark Robinson's Instrument Will Explore Shadowed Regions

May 04, 2017 07:29 PM EDT

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NASA has chosen which instrument will be on the Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO), Korea Aerospace Research Institute's first lunar investigation mission. The "ShadowCam" was made by Mark Robinson of ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) and Malin Space Science Systems (MSSS) and will be on the KPLO to study the area or terrain, identify any periodic changes, and search for confirmation of ice deposits on the Moon.

The ShadowCam was based off the Reconnaissance Orbiter Narrow Angle Camera, yet was programmed to be considerably more delicate. It's like taking a computerized camera from ISO 100 to ISO 80,000.) Because of this new sensibility, it can take high-resolution and high signal-to-noise pictures of the Moon's permanently shadowed regions (PSRs), according to AstronomyNow.

 "The telescope and a significant part of the electronics will be similar," Robinson said in an official statement. "The huge contrast is swapping out the present picture sensor for one that is 800 times more sensitive, permitting high-resolution timer to permissive landers and rover to explore or investigate the baffling lunar PSRs."

Finally, ShadowCam pictures that show an awesome detail of the shadowed zones will be joined with pictures from the Reconnaissance Orbiter Narrow Angle Camera to make maps of the Moon's craters. Robinson stated the maps will "put us nearer to permissive landers and rover to explore or investigate the baffling lunar PSRs."

NASA said a year ago it put aside $15 million for a U.S. commitment toward the South Korean Moon mission. The cost of ShadowCam was not unveiled Friday, and authorities did not react to inquiries on the resolution.

 KARI gave NASA around 33 pounds (15 kg) to work with on the KPLO. The mission is planned to launch in December 2018 and is hoping to carry back data about water and the shadowed areas on the Moon.

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