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E-Spectrum Tools Help Unlock Mysteries of Earth’s Moon PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 November 2009 13:20

Teachers and parents, how many times have you heard a student say, “Why do I have to learn this?  How will I use this skill as an adult?”  Well, the LCROSS Impact Data Team has a great answer. Knowing how to apply the visualization tools of the electromagnetic spectrum provides the knowledge power to unlock secrets that have been buried on the Moon for billions of years.

LROC image of the lunar surface, featuring the Cabeus CraterOn 13 November 2009, the NASA Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) mission successfully uncovered water during its 9 October 2009 impacts into the Moon’s Cabeus crater near the south pole.  Again, our student asks, “Why is the discovery of water on the Moon such a big deal?”  Finding water in one of the permanently shadowed regions of the Moon will provide a new source of data for studying the history and evolution of the Moon and solar system as well.  The discovery of water on the Moon is also a huge deal because of the potential for sustaining future space exploration missions.  So now we know the Moon has more than meets the eye— that is, the unaided eye.

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Last Updated on Monday, 23 November 2009 13:23