The Moon's South Pole May Be Icier Than We Realised

For decades, scientists have wondered if frost persists inside the dark and cold craters of the Moon's poles. The recent discovery of unusually bright areas near the Moon's south pole suggests this very well may be the case. But as a potential source of water for aspiring lunar colonists, the quantity of this surface frost may come as a disappointment.

"We found that the coldest places near the moon's south pole are also the brightest places — brighter than we would expect from soil alone — and that might indicate the presence of surface frost," noted Fisher in a press release.

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