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Press Conference: Hubble Looks for Possible Moon Resources

Presented by: Jennifer Wiseman, Jim Garvin, Mark Robinson, Michael Wargo (NASA and ESA)
Category: NASA   Duration: 58 minutes   Broadcast date: October 19, 2005
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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.