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NASA has announced that its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has returned measurements that indicate ice on the surface in the Shackleton crater at the moon's south pole. The crater is over 19 kilometres wide and 3 kilometres deep, and is thought to have been created more than 3 billion years ago.
The lunar south pole is in permanent sunshine because of the moon's tilt, but Shackleton's interior is permanently shaded by its own walls. The LRO's laser altimeter mapped the dark crater floor (as seen in this image) and also measured the brightness of reflections from its surface. From the brightness readings, it looks like up to 22 per cent of the crater's surface could be covered in ice, mostly in the walls. Other craters in the region appear to be much drier.
Originally posted by jtap66
We'd work together for a few years, get to the moon, and then kill each other over who owned the ice.
We're parasites. I just hope we extinct ourselves before we ruin the planet for all the other life that exists here.