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Jose Castellano, Daniel McNeel Dr. Paul Higbie, Dr. Boris Kiefer Department of Physics i160.photobucket.com/.../shs_moonWater-1.jpg
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.
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
Clementine ◦ Main credit: imagery and topography ◦ 1.8 million images of the lunar surface ◦ Possible ice detected on the southern hemisphere of the moon www.astro.washington.edu/courses/labs/clearin
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,
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.
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
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 5 - 20 km lunar.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/hardware/032308e.jpg
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
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?