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Picking a Spot for a Lunar Base

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Picking a Spot for a Lunar Base

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Picking a Spot for a Lunar Base

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.

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Ben Bussey, Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University

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