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Lunar H20

From our friends at NASA:

NASA’s Moon Mineralogy Mapper, an instrument on the Indian Space Research Organization’s Chandrayaan-1 mission, took this image of Earth’s moon. It is a three-color composite of reflected near-infrared radiation from the sun, and illustrates the extent to which different materials are mapped across the side of the moon that faces Earth. Small amounts of water were detected on the surface of the moon at various locations.

This image illustrates their distribution at high latitudes toward the poles. Blue shows the signature of water, green shows the brightness of the surface as measured by reflected infrared radiation from the sun and red shows an iron-bearing mineral called pyroxene.

Image Credit: ISRO/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Brown Univ./USGS

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Moon Shots! New!

Via this diary from jeihesser at the Kos

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, has returned its first imagery of the Apollo moon landing sites. The pictures show the Apollo missions’ lunar module descent stages sitting on the moon’s surface, as long shadows from a low sun angle make the modules’ locations evident.

Pretty spectacular!

Art That’s Out of This World

An astronaut’s art takes off:

Alan Bean is one of just 12 men to have walked on the moon.

In 1969 he spent nearly eight hours on the lunar surface as an astronaut aboard Apollo 12. Since then, he has been trying to recapture the experience through art.

From the BBC

On Thursday, the largest ever exhibit of his paintings will open at the Air and Space Museum in Washington DC. He gave this first person account from his hometown of Houston, Texas.