Water around a fresh crater on the Moon

Water around a fresh crater on the Moon

Fig. 5.27 . The Moon Mineralogy Mapper instrument aboard the Indian Space Research Organizationís, abbreviated ISRO, Chandrayaan-1 lunar-orbiter spacecraft. Sunlight reflected at infrared wavelengths (left) shows a very young, fresh crater on the far side of the Moon, which faces away from Earth. On the right, the distribution of water-rich minerals, seen in absorption at a specific infrared wavelength (false-color blue), is shown around the crater. Small amounts of both water and hydroxyl-rich material were found to be associated with material ejected from the crater, but the amount of water is very small. (Courtesy of ISRO, NASA, JPL-Caltech/USGS/Brown University)

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