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Photo-s88_33650
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This painting was used as a visual at a conference titled
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S88-33650 (April 1988) --- This painting was used as a visual at an April 1988 Houston-hosted conference titled "Lunar Bases and Space Strategies of the 21st Century." Here, two jubilant scientists of an ice prospecting, lunar lander mission examine an ice-encrusted drill stem as they stand in the frigid (60 degrees K),permanently shadowed part of a south polar region crater. If gamma-ray and neutron spectrometer observations, made from a Lunar Polar Orbiter, indicate that ice does occur in permanently shadowed craters of the polar regions, such drill cores could be obtained to determine if significant amounts of water ice are available for use as rocket propellant and for life support in the development of the Lunar Base. Scientists feel that the discovery of ice, as depicted here, would greatly enhance the ability to develop a self-sustaining lunar colony. Also, if ice is relatively abundant in permanently shadowed craters, the Lunar Base would probably be located near such polar deposits, the scientists assert. The painting was done by Mike Stovall of Engineering and was done on subcontract to, and under the technical and scientific direction of Lockheed Engineering and Management Services Company. The work was sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Johnson Space Center.

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