If you thought we knew everything there was to know about the moon, think again. Researchers at NASA. News have arrived from the NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO.
After studying new evidence from an analysis which has combined surface temperature and light emmitance information from the lunar surface, have found that the coldest areas of the moon, are also the brightest areas which indicates there may be water frost, perhaps mixed with lunar soil (known as regolith) on the surface of the moon.
These findings demonstrate once again the value of studying the moon from orbit long-term,” said John Keller, the LRO project scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “All of this work begins with comprehensive data sets made up of years’ worth of continuous measurements.”
This opens up the possibility of water on the moon, a hypothesis that have long been suspected but has proven exceedingly difficult to confirm.
“What has always been intriguing about the moon is that we expect to find ice wherever the temperatures are cold enough for ice, but that’s not quite what we see,” said Matt Siegler, a researcher with the Planetary Science Institute in Dallas, Texas, and a co-author on the study.
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