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ESA Lunar Lander To Search For Ice On The Moon

October 22, 2012

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports – Your Universe Online

European researchers are in the process of building an unmanned probe that would travel to the moon, where it would search for subsurface ice on the lunar surface, within the next six years.

The $800 million (£500 million) project, which is detailed in an October 21 article by Telegraph Science Correspondent Richard Gray, is currently being planned by the European Space Agency (ESA) and is on pace to take place sometime in 2018.

The goal is to land on the south pole of the Moon and see if they can find frozen water, which could then be used to help sustain astronauts during future journeys to Earth’s lone natural satellite, Gray said.

“We want to see if the resources are there to let astronauts live off the land,” Open University research fellow Dr. Simon Sheridan, who is helping design instruments for the proposed spacecraft, told the Telegraph on Sunday. “There is evidence of vast deposits of volatile chemicals like water from orbiting missions, but this will be the first ground-based mission to look in a polar region.”

Read more: Lunar Lander Will Search For Moon Ice And Water – Space News – redOrbit.

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