It's a pretty challenging environment to be drilling in cryogenic conditions in the lunar pole
," says Brad Jones, Neptec's program manager of the Artemis Jr.
Mitrofanov said that the lunar pole
is a most favourable place for future outposts for humans in deep space and emphasized that moon exploration was a step toward future Mars journeys.
Scientists hope the desolate lunar pole
will be a fertile hunting ground in their search for water.
Near each lunar pole
, the neutron spectrometer detected a drop in the number of neutrons.
Washington, March 20 (ANI): If reports are to be believed, the Moon may have bucketloads of water, with a NASA release indicating the amount of water ice detected in the north lunar pole
as 600 million metric tons, stashed away in 40 craters.
We really don't have a preference as to which lunar pole
," notes Kimberly Ennico, LCROSS's payload scientist at NASA/Ames.
The mountains and crater rims close to the north lunar pole
will be seen superimposed on the ringed planet's disk as the Moon glides by--a dramatic sight worth photographing or videotaping if you can.
Crisp views of the lunar pole
, obtained through a series of filters, showed geologists that some tracts previously thought to be ancient "highlands" were in fact flooded lava plains overlaid by veneers of rubble from later cratering events.
The lunar poles
have grown in strategic importance for both science and exploration, as water ice is known to be buried in the lunar regolith in permanently shadowed areas at both poles," SETI said.
As part of the program, Intel supported and mentored researchers who used Intel Nervana deep learning technology to tackle the complex challenge of building detailed maps of the lunar poles
a thorny challenge that involves detecting craters and other features within the dramatic shadows of the polar regions as well as resolving the image artifacts and registration challenges required to make a cohesive map.
Other studies have suggested the presence of water ice in shadowed regions at the lunar poles
, but the pyroclastic deposits are at locations that may be easier to access," Li said.
Even when seen with favorable lunar libration, the extreme foreshortening created by looking sideways at the lunar poles
compresses circular crater rims into apparently straight ridges.