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Picture of the Day - Water Detected at High Latitudes on the Moon

Published by Matt on Fri Sep 25, 2009 12:21 pm via: source
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NASA’s Moon Mineralogy Mapper, an instrument on the Indian Space Research Organization’s Chandrayaan-1 mission, took this image of Earth’s moon. It is a three-color composite of reflected near-infrared radiation from the sun, and illustrates the extent to which different materials are mapped across the side of the moon that faces Earth.

Small amounts of water were detected on the surface of the moon at various locations. This image illustrates their distribution at high latitudes toward the poles.

Blue shows the signature of water, green shows the brightness of the surface as measured by reflected infrared radiation from the sun and red shows an iron-bearing mineral called pyroxene.

Water Detected at High Latitudes on the Moon.  Image Credit: ISRO/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Brown Univ./USGS

Water Detected at High Latitudes on the Moon. Image Credit: ISRO/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Brown Univ./USGS

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