NASA hosted a news conference October 19th, 2005 at 1pm to discuss new Hubble Space Telescope images of the moon's surface in ultraviolet light. Hubble's resolution and sensitivity to ultraviolet light have allowed the telescope to search for important oxygen-bearing minerals on the moon. Since the moon does not have a breathable atmosphere, minerals, such as ilmenite (titanium and iron oxide), may be critical for a sustained human lunar presence.
- Jennifer Wiseman, Hubble program scientist, NASA Headquarters
- Jim Garvin, chief scientist, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
- Mark Robinson, research associate professor, Center of Planetary Sciences, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.
- Michael Wargo, Exploration Systems lunar scientist, NASA Headquarters