Hydrogen distribution in the lunar polar regions

A. B. Sanin, I. G. Mitrofanov, M. L. Litvak, B. N. Bakhtin, J. G. Bodnarik, W. V. Boynton, G. Chin, L. G. Evans, K. Harshman, F. Fedosov, D. V. Golovin, A. S. Kozyrev, T. A. Livengood, A. V. Malakhov, T. P. McClanahan, M. I. Mokrousov, R. D. Starr, R. Z. Sagdeev, V. I. Tret'yakov, A. A. Vostrukhin

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We present a method of conversion of the lunar neutron counting rate measured by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) Lunar Exploration Neutron Detector (LEND) instrument collimated neutron detectors, to water equivalent hydrogen (WEH) in the top ∼1 m layer of lunar regolith. Polar maps of the Moon's inferred hydrogen abundance are presented and discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-30
Number of pages11
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017


  • Ices
  • Moon
  • Regoliths
  • surface

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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