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Lunar Flashlight: Illuminating the Moon's South PoleRecent reflectance data from LRO instruments suggest water ice and other volatiles may be present on the surface in lunar permanently shadowed regions, though the detection is not yet definitive. Understanding the composition, quantity, distribution, and form of water and other volatiles associated with lunar permanently shadowed regions (PSRs) is identified as a NASA Strategic Knowledge Gap (SKG) for Human Exploration. These polar volatile deposits are also scientifically interesting, having the potential to reveal important information about the delivery of water to the Earth-Moon system.
Document ID
20160004067
Document Type
Presentation
Authors
Hayne, P. O. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Cohen, B. A. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL United States)
Greenhagen, B. T. (Johns Hopkins Univ. Baltimore, MD, United States)
Paige, D. A. (California Univ. Los Angeles, CA, United States)
Camacho, J. M. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Sellar, R. G. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Reiter, J. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
March 29, 2016
Publication Date
March 21, 2016
Subject Category
Lunar and Planetary Science and Exploration
Report/Patent Number
MSFC-E-DAA-TN30725
Meeting Information
Lunar and Planetary Science Conference(The Woodlands, TX)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Public Use Permitted.
Keywords
South Pole
Lunar Flashlight

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