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LRO Continues to Examine Lunar Helium

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter carried the Lyman Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP) to the Moon. Photo Credit: NASA/Debbie McCallum

In August, AmericaSpace reported about the detection of helium in the Moon’s atmosphere. A new paper by the same group now reports on how the amount of helium varies as the lunar day progresses.

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LRO Finds Helium in Moon's Thin Atmosphere

The text points out the location of the LAMP instrument on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Photo Credit: NASA/Debbie McCallum, edited by Christopher Paul

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has identified trace amounts of helium gas in the Moon’s tenuous atmosphere. Using its LAMP (Lyman Alpha Mapping Project) instrument, it identified the gently glow of elemental [...]