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Exploring the Moon's South Pole

Dr. Julie Stopar

Dr. Julie Stopar
Staff Scientist

Dr. Julie Stopar, staff scientist, studies the places where water-ice could melt and interact with rocks and soil. When impacts occur in cold polar regions, water-ice can be exposed and melt. Near the lunar surface, the presence of water or water vapor can convert rocks to other mineral phases, for example, iron rusting. Finding the results of mineral alteration on the surface could help explorers identify buried water-ice. This is one of the ways the imagery and data gathered by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) is preparing us to go back to the Moon to stay.

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