Moon’s Unexplored South Pole –“What’s Hidden There?”

Moon's South Pole

 

 

The Moon’s south pole region is home to some of the most extreme environments in the solar system –NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has measured the coldest temperatures in the solar system inside the permanent darkness of lunar South Pole craters, which have become known as perfect environments for preserving material like water for eons. Or so we thought.

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“Moon Anomaly” –Massive Blob Detected Buried Under Solar System’s Largest Impact Crater

China’s Chang’e-4 mission

 

On Jan. 3, 2019, the Chinese spacecraft Chang’e 4 (above) safely landed on the Far Side floor of the Moon’s Von Kármán crater, naming the site, “Milky Way Base.” Located within an even larger four-billion-year-old impact crater known as the South Pole–Aitken basin roughly 2,500 kilometers in diameter and 13 kilometers deep –the largest impact crater in the Solar System –it now appears that the “Milky Way Base” sits atop of an abnormally massive blob buried deep below.

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