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Lunar Prospector (click to enlarge)

Lunar Prospector

This artist's concept of the Lunar Prospector shows the spacecraft in lunar orbit. Instrument masts are fully deployed.

Lunar Prospector spent about a year and a half studying and mapping the Moon. After its mission was complete, was deliberately crashed into the Moon's south pole to look for evidence of water ice. None was observed..

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