Moons of our Solar System
Moons of our Solar System

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Moons of our Solar System

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Frustratingly, however, Kaguya failed to see any evidence for water-ice exposed in the bottom of Shackleton crater, and these findings only generated further debate about the likelihood of finding any water on the Moon. (The two images above show the same region. On the left is a normal exposure. On the right the data have been processed to bring out the previously invisible detail inside the shadows, which are illuminated faintly by the sunlight reflected diffusely into them from the sunlit areas.)

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Figure 12 High resolution optical images of the Shackleton crater at the lunar south pole showing mounds imaged in the crater but no significant buildup of ice despite the temperatures permanently below -170°C. X marks the lunar South Pole. The arrow shows the direction of Earth.

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