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South pole of the Moon. Mosaic of some 1500 images showing the south polar region of the Moon. Zero degrees longitude is at top centre. At the centre of the frame is a large depression, possibly an impact crater, which is in permanent shadow. Radio reflectance data gathered by the Clementine spacecraft suggest that there is a small sheet of water ice about 8 metres thick deep in the crater. If true, this is the first water ever found on the Moon. This image was made by the Clementine spacecraft in 1994.
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