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Nearside of the Moon

Target Name:  Moon
Spacecraft:  Chandrayaan-1
Instrument:  Moon Mineralogy Mapper
Produced by:  ISRO/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Brown Univ.
Copyright: NASA Copyright Free Policy
Date Released: 2009-09-24

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These images from NASAís Moon Mineralogy Mapper on the Indian Space Research Organizationís Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft show data for the hemisphere of the moon that faces Earth. The image on the left shows albedo, or the sunlight reflected from the surface of the moon. The image on the right shows where infrared light is absorbed in the characteristic manner that indicates the presence of water and hydroxyl molecules. That image shows that signature most strongly at the cool, high latitudes near the poles. The blue arrow indicates Goldschmidt crater, a large feldspar-rich region with a higher water and hydroxyl signature.

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