D-CIXSDemonstration Compact Imaging X-Ray Spectrometer
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Among the Smart-1's scientific instruments are a D-CIXS (a demonstrator compact X-ray spectrometer) which has worked so well the mission was extended by an additional year.
Professor Grande said: "The D-CIXS has obtained mineral maps of the Moon's composition, looking at the distribution of calcium, magnesium, aluminium, silicon and iron.
The miniaturised X-ray spectrometer, about the size of a toaster, and known as D-CIXS, was at the core of the mission.