Moon Mineralogy Mapper

The Moon Mineralogy Mapper or M3 is an imaging spectrometer that can map the mineral content on the lunar surface. It was launched on board Chandrayaan-2 orbiter. Its mission objectives include characterising lunar surfaceÂ’s composition in the context of its geological evolution and assessing the MoonÂ’s mineral resources.
The M3 detected the presence of water on the lunar surface, validating the breakthrough made by its predecessor. The spectrometer is capable of measuring the Oxygen-Hydrogen atoms held together as Hydroxide. The water was detected in the form of water molecules and hydroxides in minerals and hyrants. The data obtained can be used for producing a lunar water map, which could aid the future missions to the Moon.

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