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NASA Artemis1 to transport ASU CubeSat into space

NASA Artemis1 to carry ASU CubeSat into space
LunaH-Map team (L-R) Joe DuBois, Tyler O’Brien, Nathaniel Streubel, Craig Hardgrove (NASA Principal Investigator). Credit: ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration

The Lunar Polar Hydrogen Mapper (LunaH-Map) mission is among the tiniest NASA planetary science missions but has big science goals. Previous missions and studies have identified the current presence of water-ice at the Moon’s poles. However, you may still find unanswered questions about how exactly much water-ice is contained within permanently shadowed regions.

Additionally it is unknown just how much water-ice may be retained at depth throughout illuminated parts of the lunar South Pole. LunaH-Map will answer those questions by entering round the Moon and creating a neutron map that may reveal where and just how much water-ice is hidden over the lunar South Pole.

LunaH-Map can help us understand the origins of water on the Moon and how it’s been redistributed because the Moon’s formation. The maps may also be used to plan future missions and landing sites for robotic and human water-ice prospecting.

CubeSat will see and map water ice at the Moon’s South Pole. Credit: ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration
What hopefully to understand from the LunaH-Map CubeSat. Credit: ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration


Citation: NASA Artemis1 to transport ASU CubeSat into space (2022, August 26) retrieved 27 August 2022 from https://phys.org/news/2022-08-nasa-artemis1-asu-cubesat-space.html

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