Friday, January 9, 2009
Teledyne Powers NASA Moon Mapping Effort
Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne Technologies Incorporated revealed yesterday that the firm's subsidiary, Teledyne Scientific & Imaging, is powering a NASA effort to map the moon. According to the firm, its Teledyne Imaging Sensors group has developed a visible-infrared image array being used by NASA's Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) effort, which was launched on the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft. Teledyne said its sensors--which are also being used on the NASA Hubble Space Telescope and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter--are being used as part of an effort to image the entire lunar surface. The sensor will be used by scientists to determine the composition and mineralogy of the lunar surface. The Moon Mineralogy Mapper was built by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.