Planets and Moons  ID: 4574

Temperature, Reflectance Point to Frost near the Moon's Poles

Scientists studying data from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) have found evidence of surface frost near the poles on the Moon. Elizabeth Fisher, Paul Lucey, and their colleagues combined temperature data from LRO's Diviner instrument with reflectance from its laser altimeter (LOLA) to find places that are cold enough and shiny enough to indicate the possible presence of surface water ice. Their results appear in the August, 2017 issue of the journal Icarus.

 

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Ernie Wright (USRA): Lead Visualizer
David Ladd (USRA): Producer
Elizabeth Zubritsky (ADNET): Writer
Elizabeth Fisher (Brown University): Scientist
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