These pictures were made from Lunar Prospector data released September 3, 1998. The magenta and purple regions indicate the presence of hydrogen, which is assumed to be indicative of water.
Lunar Prospector Makes Exciting Findings
News story originally written on September 4, 1998
The Lunar Prospector spacecraft has been flying around the Moon
for about 8 months now. It just recently found that there might be lots and lots of water ice on the Moon. Humans could live on the Moon
a lot easier if there was ice on the Moon.
Would you want to live on the Moon someday?
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