A computed-aided design model of the Lunar Trailblazer spacecraft

A computer-aided design model of the Lunar Trailblazer spacecraft.

Credit: Lockheed Martin Space for Lunar Trailblazer

Oxford University-built instrument ready to map water on the Moon

Exoplanets and planetary physics
Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics

A thermal imaging camera built by the University of Oxford’s Department of Physics will form an integral part of NASA’s Lunar Trailblazer mission, scheduled to launch in 2024. This aims to map the distribution of the different forms of water on the surface of the Moon to better understand the lunar water cycle and inform future human missions.