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NASA: There may be water ice on the moon

NASA: There may be water ice on the moon

At the south pole of the is a crater called Shackleton that barely reach the sun and that its depth is very cold. It is believed that within this crater there made water deposits, according to data sent by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft.

MIT scientists have dedicated themselves to carefully observe the crater and found an unusual brightness for which developed two theories: First, it is believed to be the lunar debris sliding down the walls of the crater, which they discover their path materials brightest and second: That it is the presence of ice in the crater.

“The analysis of the slopes and roughness of the crater indicates that probably the walls are bright. The floor in turn could contain up to 20% water, “said Maria Zuber, head of the scientists conducting the investigations.

However, these theories have not been found. The TEAM Zuber has designed highly detailed maps that allow them to observe all grades as roughness and reflects sunlight, but more studies are done.

Hopefully they can find water on the surface of the Moon, would be a scientific achievement and encourage long space missions, but will not be easy to prove, even with current tools.

Link: NASA Spacecraft Reveals ice content in Moon Crater (NASA)

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