Picking a Spot for a Lunar Base

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New work published in the journal Nature, takes a close look at the surface of the moon, as seen through the eyes of the Clementine spacecraft. Close analysis of the data from that mission reveals a spot near the Moon's north pole that is permanently in daylight. A base placed there, the authors say, would have plentiful solar power, and wouldn't be subjected to the massive temperature fluctuations caused by sunrise and sunset on the moon.


Ben Bussey, Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University

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