Lunar explorers may find it easier than expected to mine water ice at the Moon's South Pole, if a new interpretation of laser altimeter data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is correct. Mapping the floor of Shackleton Crater at what NASA describes as unprecedented detail, scientists calculated that unusually bright laser returns from the crater floor may be caused by ice mixed with other material there. As much as 22% of the surface material in Shackleton could be ice, according to a ...
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