India's first mission to the Moon will provide data for two Open University researchers. Mahesh Anand and David Rothery, of the Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research, are co-investigators of a project that has gone into space on board the Indian Space Research Organisation's polar satellite launch vehicle. The Chandrayaan-1 Imaging X-ray spectrometer will carry out elemental mapping of the Moon using an X-ray fluorescence technique. Dr Anand said: "This will tell scientists more about the nature and make-up of the lunar surface. It's important to understanding the origin and evolution of the Moon and the possibility of utilising lunar resources."