Spatial distribution of lunar polar hydrogen deposits after KAGUYA (SELENE)

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[1] Although controversial in its physical form, there is mounting evidence of hydrogen enhancements at the lunar poles. The permanently shadowed locales are potential sites for significant concentrations of cold-trapped volatiles, including water ice. We derive maps of the lunar hydrogen distribution near the poles by applying a pixon image reconstruction algorithm to the Lunar Prospector epithermal neutron data coupled with a new map of cold trap locations derived from the KAGUYA (SELENE) altimetry measurements. The results presented in this article require the hydrogen to be concentrated into “cold traps.”

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