Podcaster: Nancy Atkinson, Dr. Timothy McClanahan
Title: LEND Lends a Hand to Create a Map of the Moon’s Water
Music: “Amelia” by Ben Bedford from his “Land of the Shadows” CD. http://benbedford.com/
Video about the new lunar hydrogen maps: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qYW4rTrAA5I
Description: Since it launched in June of 2009, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has been studying the Moon in fine detail with its myriad of instruments. One instrument, the Lunar Exploration Neutron Detector or LEND has been scanning the Moon’s south pole to measure how much hydrogen is trapped within the lunar soil, and this hydrogen is providing hints of where water could be on the Moon.
Dr. Timothy McClanahan, a data analyst at the Goddard Space Flight Center, who works with the LRO mission, joins NLSI podcast host Nancy Atkinson to discuss new hydrogen maps of the lunar poles created from LEND data.
Bios: NLSI brings together leading lunar scientists from around the world to further NASA lunar science and exploration.
Dr. Timothy McClanahan, a data analyst at the Goddard Space Flight Center, who works with the LRO mission
Nancy Atkinson is a science journalist and is the Senior Editor for Universe Today.
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