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2010-03-01 15:55:00

WASHINGTON, March 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Using data from a NASA radar that flew aboard India's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, scientists have detected ice deposits near the moon's north pole. NASA's Mini-SAR instrument, a lightweight, synthetic aperture radar, found more than 40 small craters with water ice. The craters range in size from 1 to 9 miles (2 to 15 km) in diameter. Although the total amount of ice depends on its thickness in each crater, it's estimated there could be at least...

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2010-03-01 15:55:00

Using data from a NASA radar that flew aboard India's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, scientists have detected ice deposits near the moon's north pole. NASA's Mini-SAR instrument, a lightweight, synthetic aperture radar, found more than 40 small craters with water ice. The craters range in size from 1 to 9 miles (2 to15 km) in diameter. Although the total amount of ice depends on its thickness in each crater, it's estimated there could be at least 1.3 million pounds (600 million metric tons) of...

2009-09-29 07:38:00

PASADENA, Calif., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) played a critical role in the design and engineering of the Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) instrument which helped NASA confirm the existence of water molecules on the lunar surface. The M3 instrument on board the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, along with 2 other NASA spacecraft, Cassini and Epoxi, has contributed to the confirmation of water molecules on the moon. ATK's contribution to M3 included the...

2009-09-25 15:00:00

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Sept. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New data from the Deep Impact spacecraft and the Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3), an instrument aboard India's recently ended Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, provide, for the first time, clear evidence that water exists on the surface of the Moon. "The Deep Impact observations of the Moon not only unequivocally confirm the presence of OH/H2O on the lunar surface, but also reveal that the entire lunar surface is hydrated during at least some...

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2009-09-24 08:05:00

In a discovery that promises to reinvigorate studies of the moon and potentially upend thinking of how it originated, scientists at Brown University and other research institutions have found evidence of water molecules on the surface of the moon. The molecules and hydroxyl "” a molecule consisting of one oxygen atom and one hydrogen atom "” were discovered across the entire surface of earth's nearest celestial neighbor. While the abundances are not precisely known, as much as...

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2009-08-06 08:20:00

This image of Earth taken from 200 kilometers (124 miles) above the lunar surface was taken by the Moon Mineralogy Mapper, one of two NASA instruments onboard the Indian Space Research Organization's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft. Australia is visible in the lower center of the image. The image is presented as a false-color composite with oceans a dark blue, clouds white, and vegetation an enhanced green. The image data were acquired on July 22, 2009. The Moon Mineralogy Mapper instrument is a...

2009-02-12 07:30:00

PASADENA, Calif., Feb. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK), is celebrating the news that NASA's Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) has reached lunar orbit aboard the Indian Space Research Organization's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft and is now operational. ATK's Pasadena, CA office played a crucial role in the technical effort of the program. ATK's contribution included the design, analysis and fabrication of compact, lightweight structures capable of surviving the...

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2009-01-16 11:55:00

 Using a NASA radar flying aboard India's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, scientists are getting their first look inside the moon's coldest, darkest craters. The Mini-SAR instrument, a lightweight, synthetic aperture radar, has passed its initial in-flight tests and sent back its first data. The images show the floors of permanently-shadowed polar craters on the moon that aren't visible from Earth. Scientists are using the instrument to map and search the insides of the craters for water ice....

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2008-12-18 09:32:40

Different wavelengths of light provide new information about the Orientale Basin region of the moon in a new composite image taken by NASA's Moon Mineralogy Mapper, a guest instrument aboard the Indian Space Research Organization's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft. The Moon Mineralogy Mapper is the first instrument to provide highly uniform imaging of the lunar surface. Along with the length and width dimensions across a typical image, the instrument analyzes a third dimension "“ color. The...


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