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New Approaches to Lunar Ice Detection and Mapping

Hayne, Paul O. and Ingersoll, Andrew P. and Paige, David A. (2014) New Approaches to Lunar Ice Detection and Mapping. . (Unpublished)

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As a fundamental molecule to life on Earth, water is a key marker of habitable environments in the Solar System. Yet after decades of exploration, the origins, abundance, and distribution of water amongst the planets are not fully understood. The recent discovery of substantial water ice deposits in the polar regions of both Mercury and the Moon presents an opportunity to test hypotheses regarding the delivery and retention of water and other volatiles in the inner Solar System. As the Earth’s closest planetary neighbor, the Moon thus may be a uniquely accessible keystone for addressing outstanding problems in planetary science directly linked to habitability. Furthermore, water on the Moon is of great interest to the exploration community, as a resource for astronauts and robotic missions of the future.

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Ingersoll, Andrew P.0000-0002-2035-9198
Additional Information:The research described in this report was sponsored by the Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS) and was carried out in part at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. We thank Martin Lo for contributions related to the navigation of small satellites for lunar science. Conversations with numerous non-study participants, including Dana Hurley, David Lawrence, Wesley Patterson, and Ben Bussey, were extremely helpful. The success of this study would not have been possible without technical guidance and logistical support from the KISS staff, particularly Michele Judd.
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