First Proof of Uranium On The Moon Announced

Posted Jul 1, 2009 by Christopher Szabo
A team using an advanced Gamma Ray Spectrometer has revealed the first conclusive information that the moon contains uranium. The data was gathered by Kaguya, a Japanese spacecraft and is being evaluated by a joint Japanese-American team.
Uranium Has Been Discoverd On The Moon
Uranium Has Been Discoverd On The Moon
The uranium results were announced by Professors Naoyuki Yamashita and Noboyuki Hasebe in papers at the Proceedings of the International Workshop, Advances in Cosmic Ray Science, which formed part of the 40th Lunar and Planetary Conference.
The Moon Daily website said the Kaguya spectometer data showed clear signatures for thorium, potassium, oxygen, magnesium, silicon, calcium, titanium and iron in addition to uranium.
Robert C. Reedy, a scientist at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, has been mapping the moon’s surface for additional elements. Reedy said:
We've already gotten uranium results, which have never been reported before. We're getting more new elements and refining and confirming results found on the old maps. Some of these comparisons are being done with lunar elemental maps made by a Lunar Prospector team headed by PSI senior scientist Tom Prettyman.
The team is using measurements from the Japanese lunar orbiter Kaguya. The orbiter was launched in September 2007 and ended its mission in June this year, when it crashed into the moon.
The name ”Kaguya” comes from a Japanese fairy tale, in which a childless couple find a baby in a stalk of bamboo. The baby grew up to be a beautiful girl, who was wooed by even the emperor, but had to eventually return to the moon.