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Post by Dragon Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:32 pm

In the darkest and coldest parts of its polar regions, a team of scientists has directly observed definitive evidence of water ice on the Moon’s surface. These ice deposits are patchily distributed and could possibly be ancient. At the southern pole, most of the ice is concentrated at lunar craters, while the northern pole’s ice is more widely, but sparsely spread.

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Post by Dragon Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:34 pm

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The image shows the distribution of surface ice at the Moon’s south pole (left) and north pole (right), detected by NASA’s Moon Mineralogy Mapper instrument.

Blue represents the ice locations, plotted over an image of the lunar surface, where the gray scale corresponds to surface temperature (darker representing colder areas and lighter shades indicating warmer zones).

The ice is concentrated at the darkest and coldest locations, in the shadows of craters. This is the first time scientists have directly observed definitive evidence of water ice on the Moon’s surface.

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Post by Dragon Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:36 pm



NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter data reveals an abundance of hydrogen (think 'H2O') trapped at the south pole.

The data strongly suggests frozen water.

This supports earlier discoveries by Clementine (1994) and Lunar Prospector probes (1999).


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Post by Cloud Tue Aug 21, 2018 11:01 pm

very exciting information :goodpost: :goodpost:


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