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The Times: Ice found on the moon raises hopes for lunar base

Biosciences 28 August 2018

Lewis Dartnell

Lewis Dartnell, Professor of Science Communication, commented on a recent study that found water ice on the moon, increasing the possibility of humans colonising the lunar surface, in an article from The Times.

The research, carried out by the University of Hawaii, found ice clustered near a number of craters that could provide water to drink, raw materials and oxygen. A technique known as ´near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy´ was used to analyse the wavelength of sunlight reflected off crater walls.

Talking about the discovery, Professor Dartnell said it was “really important for the possibility of future lunar bases”. He called it an “exciting confirmation” that raises hopes for a lunar base in the Shackleton crater, suggested as the best place for human settlement, at the southern lunar pole. 

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