Published online: 13 April 2005; | doi:10.1038/news050411-5
Moon images reveal bright spots for lunar base
Perpetually sun-drenched sites could become prime real estate.
A few precious spots on the Moon may be bathed in permanent sunlight, according to planetary
scientists. These bright, temperate areas might make ideal sites for a lunar base.
Researchers have long suspected that mountains and crater rims at the Moon's poles might bask in
constant sunshine. But without a detailed analysis of the lunar landscape, this has been a tough
theory to test.
A team led by Ben Bussey of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland,
analysed pictures taken by the spacecraft Clementine, which circled the Moon in 1994. The
researchers overlaid a series of images of the Moon's north pole taken over a lunar day - which
lasts about 28 Earth days - and searched for regions that are constantly illuminated.
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