Discovery Program: Lunar Prospector
- NASA intentionally crashes the spacecraft into the Moon, thus ending its mission to detect frozen water on the moon's surface ?
Lunar Outpost has announced the unveiling of its Lunar Prospector
, designed to map the Moon's natural resources, the company said.
NASA's Lunar Prospector
and JAXA's Kaguya spacecraft, which orbited close to the lunar surface, both carried sensitive instruments that mapped the Moon's weak magnetic field.
An ounce of ashes from the father of astrogeology, (https://astrogeology.usgs.gov/rpif/gene-shoemaker) Gene Shoemaker , was (http://www.nbcnews.com/id/3077929/ns/technology_and_science-space/t/burying-man-moon/#.WX-T8ITyvcs) crashed into the moon in 1999 on a NASA craft, as part of the space agency's (http://www.lpi.usra.edu/lunar/missions/prospector/overview/index.shtml) Lunar Prospector
Mission to better understand the moon's evolution.
Binder, "Lunar prospector
: Overview," Science, vol.
Several unmanned spacecraft, like NASA's Lunar Prospector
, JAXA Kaguya and India's Chandrayaan-1 have taken a special interest in the regions of magnetic anomalies.
The website also has data from past lunar programs and missions, including Apollo, Lunar Orbiter, Lunar Prospector
, Clementine, Kaguya (Japan), and Chandrayaan-1 (India)--and this includes images; digital elevation and gravity models; hazard assessment maps detailing slope, surface roughness, and crater and boulder distribution; and resource maps indicating, for instance, soil maturity and the presence and abundance of hydrogen and other elements.
The NASA Lunar Prospector
's neutron data had suggested several hundred million metric tonnes of water ice on the moon.
In 1998, Nasa's Lunar Prospector
mission was deliberately crashed into a crater, which confirmed the presence of hydrogen, which may or may not have come from ancient stores of frozen water deposited in lunar craters over billions of years by passing comets.
Their findings are based on a new computer analysis of data from the Lunar Prospector
, a space probe sent to the moon in 1998 by Nasa.
Launched in 1998 by an Athena solid-fueled vehicle, the NASA Lunar Prospector
continued the trend toward small, highly capable lunar spacecraft and relatively low mission costs.
Ha llazgos previos hechos con las sondas Clementine y Lunar Prospector
parecian haber confirmado a presencia de hielo, pero han surgido dudas sobre la confiabilidad de los metodos utilizados.