Ice on the Moon! Frozen Reserves Detected at the Poles in a Lunar First

Live Science | 8/21/2018 | Staff
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Scientists have detected the first-ever evidence of frozen water on the moon, on the darkest and coldest parts of the lunar surface.

While prior analysis of the moon hinted at some ice reserves, this is the first time that ice has been observed at the north and south poles ­— and the signs of water ice are "direct and definitive," according to a new study.

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Most of the ice was found in surface craters that are never touched by direct sunlight, and where temperatures hover around minus 250 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 157 degrees Celsius), though not all of these "cold traps" contained ice, the scientists reported.

They then mapped the ice "pixels," generated by the M3 data, and found that they lined up with the findings of other instruments that also hinted at the presence of water ice, the study authors wrote.

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Still, what little ice the scientists discovered was "patchy" and not very abundant, showing up in only 3.5 percent of the shadowy areas they...
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