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Scientists have detected more than 40 ice-filled craters in the moon's North Pole using data from a NASA radar that flew aboard India's Chandrayaan-I
Scientists have detected more than 40 ice-filled craters in the moon's North Pole using data from a NASA radar that flew aboard India's Chandrayaan-I, reports PTI.
NASA's Mini-SAR instrument—a lightweight, synthetic aperture radar, found more than 40 small craters with ice. The craters range in size from 2km to 15km in diameter.
The finding would give future missions a new target to further explore and exploit, a NASA statement said, adding that it is estimated that there could be at least 600 million metric tonnes of water ice in the craters.
"The emerging picture from the multiple measurements and resulting data of the instruments on lunar missions indicates that water creation, migration, deposition and retention are occurring on the moon," Paul Spudis, principal investigator of the Mini-SAR experiment at the Lunar and Planetary Institute, said yesterday.