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October 19, 2005 01:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2005-29

NASA's Hubble Looks for Possible Moon Resources

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Image: Hubble's View of the Apollo 17 Landing Site

Hubble's View of the Apollo 17 Landing Site

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This image of the Taurus-Littrow valley shows the Apollo 17 landing site (the "+" symbol in the image). This region marks the last time — December 1972 — that humans walked and drove on the Moon's surface. Astronomers are using the Apollo 17 images (and those of the Apollo 15 site) as "ground-truth" in an effort to discriminate lunar materials enriched in ilmenite, a titanium-bearing oxide of potential value as a resource in human exploration of the Moon. Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys took the image on Aug. 16, 2005.

Object Name: Moon

Image Type: Astronomical/Annotated

Credit: NASA, ESA, and J. Garvin (NASA/GSFC)

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