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.
The LCROSS mission objective is to confirm the presence or absence of water ice in a permanently shadowed crater near a lunar pole
A Deep Field Infrared Observatory near the Lunar Pole
, PI: Dr.
For many years, researchers believed that the rocks from the Moon were 'bone dry,' and that any water detected in the Apollo samples had to be contamination from Earth," said Klima, a member of the NASA Lunar Science Institute's (NLSI) Scientific and Exploration Potential of the Lunar Poles
From an orbit that passes over the lunar poles
, they have collected data covering the entire surface three times.
Former Isro chairman Madhavan Nair said Chandrayaan's finding of possibly large quantities of water near the lunar poles
had increased the chances of building the lunar base.
Nasa has long speculated about the source of vast quantities of hydrogen observed at the lunar poles
Scientists have long regarded the lunar poles
as a possible location of water ice, although that has never been proven.
Orbiting satellites have detected large quantities of water-bearing soil, mostly at the lunar poles