Lunar atmospheric helium detections by the LAMP UV spectrograph on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
Article first published online: 27 JUN 2012
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Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 39, Issue 12, June 2012
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2012), Lunar atmospheric helium detections by the LAMP UV spectrograph on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L12202, doi:10.1029/2012GL051797., , , , , and (
- Issue published online: 27 JUN 2012
- Article first published online: 27 JUN 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 28 MAY 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 25 MAY 2012
- Manuscript Received: 23 MAR 2012
 The LAMP far ultraviolet spectrograph aboard the NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has been used in 2011 to search for helium, the lightest noble gas in the tenuous lunar atmosphere. Based on that search, we report here the first detection of lunar atmospheric He by remote sensing, and point to future observations that can address questions about its source; we also discuss a search for lunar atmospheric argon.