View Full Version : Hubble checks lunar real estate

2005-Aug-23, 12:12 AM
The Hubble telescope took a break from peering thousands of light years across the Universe recently to look a little closer to home - just across the street, at our own Moon.

Looking at the ultraviolet spectrum, Hubble can manage to resolve down to 50m regions on the lunar surface. Analysis of the results can pick out areas with a good chance of finding useful mix of minerals handily available. Ilmenite - iron titanium oxide - is the current target of interest with potential to yield both oxygen and building materials.

3 sites have been surveyed to date. The Apollo 15 and Apollo 17 landing sites are being viewed partly to cross check the UV sprectral analysis results against the samples collected. The crater Aristarchus, with a potentially mineral-rich field of ejecta, is the other subject of interest so far.

More at the New Scientist website (http://www.newscientistspace.com/article.ns?id=dn7880)