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Moon Science

Simulation Using LRO Data Shows More Locations With Ice on the Moon 55 55

ananyo writes "Water ice on the Moon may be more widespread than previously thought. Permanent shadows have been spotted far from the lunar poles, expanding the number of sites that would be good candidates for exploration by robotic rovers — or even for the locations of lunar bases."
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Simulation Using LRO Data Shows More Locations With Ice on the Moon

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  • by Spy Handler (822350) on Monday October 01, 2012 @07:41PM (#41519839) Homepage Journal

    but they don't know for sure.

    Radar instruments on orbiting spacecraft allow some study of the ice, but close-up observations are needed to confirm any findings, says Speyerer.

    Why don't they put a satellite in a really close orbit around the moon and take a look with color cameras? By close I mean like 1km altitude (as opposed to earth satellites which need several hundred km altitude due to the atmosphere).

    Ice is white, lunar surface is dark, should be easy to know for sure.

This is clearly another case of too many mad scientists, and not enough hunchbacks.

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