NASA radar finds ice deposits on the moon

March 2nd, 2010 - 5:05 am ICT by BNO News  

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BNO NEWS) – NASA announced Monday that scientists used data from a radar to detect 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 that range from 1 to 9 miles in diameter, which further evidences water activity on the moon.

The total amount of ice depends on its thickness, but at least 1.3 million pounds (600 million metric tons) of water ice is estimated to be found in the craters.

“The emerging picture from the multiple measurements and resulting data of the instruments on lunar missions indicates that water creation, migration, deposition and retention are occurring on the moon,” said Paul Spudis, principal investigator of the Mini-SAR experiment at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston. “The new discoveries show the moon is an even more interesting and attractive scientific, exploration and operational destination than people had previously thought,” he added.

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