Unformatted text preview: could also give scientists a very detailed record of comet impacts, which could give scientists more information about the early conditions of the solar system and universe. Another instrument that is a part of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter detects slow-moving neutrons, indicating the presence of hydrogen. The orbiter is finding that there is hydrogen located in the craters, as well as outside of the craters, while some craters appear to have no oxygen at all. Dr. Richard Vondrak of NASA believes that this means that the hydrogen-containing molecule (water, methane, etc.) could be lying under the Moon’s surface. The sides of craters is very rough terrain which means it could be very difficult to get to material at the bottom of the craters. The orbiter will continue its mission to gather information about the moon in order to prepare for astronauts’ next visit to the moon. Once the orbiter’s primary mission is complete, it will gather information for scientists....
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- Spring '10
- Solar System, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter