LunaH-Map
LunaH-Map
LunaH-Map
LunaH-Map
LunaH-Map
LunaH-Map
LunaH-Map
LunaH-Map
LunaH-Map
LunaH-Map
LunaH-Map
LunaH-Map
LunaH-Map
Name LunaH-Map ( Lunar Polar Hydrogen Mapper Mission)
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 6U
Status Operational (Official update on 2022-12-07 but orbit needs confirmation and thruster valve currently stuck as of 2022-12-23)
Launched 2022-11-16
NORAD ID ? (Not yet catalogued and tracked?)
Deployer CSD (Canisterized Satellite Dispenser) [Planetary Systems Corporation]
Launcher SLS (Space Launch System) (Artemis-1)
Organisation Arizona State University
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Nation US
Oneliner

Map the hydrogen content of the entire South Pole of the moon, including within permanently shadowed regions at high resolution.

Description

Map the hydrogen content of the entire South Pole of the moon, including within permanently shadowed regions at high resolution. Measure the bulk hydrogen content, up to a meter beneath the lunar surface, while the instruments on both Lunar IceCube and FLASHLIGHT will tell us about the very top few microns. Create the high-resolution maps of regional near-surface (top-meter) water-ice distribution across the entire South Pole of the moon.

Results

On Nov. 28, NASA’s LunaH-Map spacecraft acquired its first star tracker image, showing the constellation Auriga and its two brightest stars, Menkalinan and Mahasim.
The mission team also made several attempts to image the Earth and Moon; however, these images resulted in saturation of the star tracker. In the coming weeks, additional imaging opportunities of the Earth and Moon will be evaluated to help further demonstrate these novel autonavigation capabilities.
While a recent telemetry downlink showed an unexpected spacecraft reset, a Deep Space Network (DSN) pass has since indicated that, with the exception of the likely stuck propulsion system valve, the spacecraft is healthy with all subsystems nominal and operating as expected.

Failure cause Propulsion valve is likely stuck but otherwise operational.
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Keywords Propulsion, Beyond Earth orbit, Steerable Solar Arrays
Space photos LunaH-Map

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Last modified: 2023-01-01
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