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Lunar Atlas

Lunar Geology

Phases of the Moon

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Lunar Prospector is expected to answers some long standing questions about the Moon's evolution and potential resources. Researchers hope that the scientific return from the Lunar Prospector mission will make major contributions toward understanding the origin, evolution and current state of not only the Moon itself, but also of Earth and the entire Solar System.

Instruments provides information on the various experiments Lunar Prospector will perform while orbiting the Moon as well as the devices used to conduct them. The most anticipated information will be whether or not Prospector can locate water ice in the deep craters of the Moon's south pole--specifically, by detecting the element hydrogen on the Moon's surface. If water is present in the amounts suggested by the Clementine mission, Prospector should be able to detect it, possibly within a month.

Lunar Atlas will eventually be the most comprehensive lunar atlas in the world. It already contains hundreds of features and upon completion will contain every named feature of the Moon.

Lunar Geology is made up of two major categories: Geochemistry (which is concerned with the sources, migrations, and current resting places of individual chemical elements), and Geophysics (which studies the densities, temperatures, and depths of boundaries of a planet's crust, mantle, and core, as well as the physical properties of near-surface rocks such as magnetism and thermal conductivity).

Phases of the Moon elucidates the often difficult to understand phases of the moon. We have created here an interactive visual tool that will help explain the complex and dynamic lunar cycle.



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