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Lro Lyman-Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP): Exploration of Permanently Shadowed Regions and the Search for Water Ice from the Lunar Surface

Kurt D. Retherford1, Randall Gladstone1, Alan Stern2, Joel W. Parker1, David C. Slater1, Michael W. Previous HitDavisNext Hit1, David E. Kaufmann1, Previous HitThomasTop K. Greathouse1, Dana H. Crider3, Wayne R. Pryor4, and Paul D. Feldman5
1Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, TX
2NASA Headquaters, Washington, DC
3Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
4Central Arizona College, Coolidge, AZ
5The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

The Lunar Reconnaisance Orbiter (LRO) Lyman-Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP) is a UV spectrograph designed to address how water is formed on the moon, transported through the lunar atmosphere, and deposited in permanently shadowed regions (PSRs). Its main objectives are to 1) identify exposed water frost in PSRs, 2) characterize landforms and albedos in PSRs, 3) demonstrate the feasibility of using natural starlight and sky-glow illumination for future lunar surface mission applications, and 4) to assay the lunar atmosphere and its variability. LAMP albedo maps of PSR landforms and potential surface water ice will be used to identify landing sites for future scientific exploration of these regions and investigation of the intriguing processes that occur within them.


AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90078©2008 AAPG Annual Convention, San Antonio, Texas