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1 Jose Castellano, Daniel McNeel Dr. Paul Higbie, Dr. Boris Kiefer Department of Physics i160.photobucket.com/.../shs_moonWater-1.jpg

2  We have always have a fascination of the unknown  In the world today our resources our limited  We will soon need a new source of energy on which to rely  We are now entering a new era of exploration into the Universe to search for possibilities of a new place to call home.

3  If there is water on the moon, ◦ Where did it come from? ◦ How is it still present? ◦ In what form does it exist? ◦ Does solar wind affect the possibility? ◦ If solar wind has a positive affect, how? ◦ How many people could survive and for how long. controleng.com/.../full_moon_02_2000.jpg

4  Clementine ◦ Main credit: imagery and topography ◦ 1.8 million images of the lunar surface ◦ Possible ice detected on the southern hemisphere of the moon

5  Lunar Prospector ◦ Objectives  Map the Moon’s gravitational and magnetic fields, and  Learn more about the size and content of the Moons core.  Prospect the lunar crust and atmosphere for potential resources, including minerals, water ice and certain gases,

6  Average crater diameter is 5-20 km.  Average crater depth was found to be about 20% of the diameter size  Permanent Shadowed areas: Areas that are never bombarded with radiation from the sun. 

7  Epithermal neutrons: Neutrons of Kinetic Energy greater than that of thermal agitation.  The lunar prospector used a neutron spectrometer to measure the flux of epithermal neutrons from the surface to about1.2 meters within the lunar surface.  Maps of epithermal neutron fluxes measured by the Lunar Prospector were used to search for deposits enriched in hydrogen at both lunar poles. directory.eoportal.org/.../129/LRO_Auto17.jpeg

8  The LRO mission is aimed to investigate more about the moon to prepare and support future human exploration on the moon.  LEND : ◦ Mission objective of instrument: determine the hydrogen distribution in the lunar subsurface at a depth of 1-2 meters on the lunar surface ◦ LEND will detect neutron counts at several different thermal levels including epithermal. ◦ provide estimation of hydrogen content with spacial resolution of km lunar.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/hardware/032308e.jpg

9 Lunar Prospector

10  attempt to overlay lunar topography and chemical abundance maps from the Prospector mission.  Develop image processing tools that may be used by NASA scientists to analyze the previous and LRO hydrogen related data.  Create maps using IDL software and data from the Lunar Prospector mission to show hydrogen content and ratios across the lunar surface. Northern HemisphereSouthern Hemisphere

11  Successfully recreating maps of hydrogen content on the lunar surface  Will present research to NASA this summer for internship at Goddard Space Center in Greenbelt, Maryland ( headquarters of LRO mission)  Acquired a better understanding of NASA research efforts and the science of space exploration.  QUESTIONS?


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