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Ice On The Moon May Be Possible
2012-08-31 13:17:18

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Somewhere between five to ten percent of the walls of Shackleton crater could contain small patches of ice, according to a new study published in Geophysical Research Letters. Shackleton Crater is an impact crater at the south pole of the Moon. The peaks of the crater's rim are almost continually in sunlight, while the interior is perpetually in shadow. The rotational axis of the Moon lies within Shackleton. A team of scientists,...

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2008-03-11 13:25:00

Newly-released images of the lunar south-polar region obtained by ESA's SMART-1 are proving to be wonderful tools to zero-in on suitable study sites for potential future lunar exploration missions. SMART-1's Advanced Moon Imaging Experiment (AMIE) has collected many images of the lunar south-polar region, with unprecedented spatial resolution. The images, obtained over a full year of changing seasons were used to study the different levels of solar illumination on the Moon's surface. The...

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2008-02-27 14:35:00

NASA has obtained the highest resolution terrain mapping to date of the moon's rugged south polar region, with a resolution to 20 meters per pixel. Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., collected the data using the facility's Goldstone Solar System Radar located in California's Mojave Desert. The imagery generated by the data has been incorporated into animation depicting the descent to the lunar surface of a future human lunar lander and a flyover of Shackleton...

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2007-03-03 00:20:00

Picture this: The year is 2025 and you're on the moon. "Home" is 100 meters away"”an outpost on the rim of Shackleton Crater. NASA started building it five years earlier, and it is growing fast. You're one of the construction workers. As always in these polar regions, the sun hangs low, barely above the craggy lunar horizon. You adjust your visor. It amazes you how bright a low sun can be when there's no atmosphere to dim it. Suddenly, the lights go out. Up in the sky, a big black disk...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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