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NASA radar detects ice on Moon’s north pole

A NASA radar aboard India’s maiden lunar mission Chandrayaan-1 has detected craters filled with thick deposits of ice near the moon’s north pole, the US space agency said today.

NASA’s Mini-Sar experiment found more than 40 small craters, ranging in size from one to nine miles, containing water ice.

“Although the total amount of ice depends on its thickness in each crater, it’s estimated there could be at least 600 million metric tons of water ice,” the space agency said in a statement.

The radar’s findings “show the moon is an even more interesting and attractive scientific, exploration and operational destination than people had previously thought,” said Paul Spudis, lead investigator of the Mini-SAR experiment at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas.(PTI)

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