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Stargate January twenty fifth. As missions to the moon. Go clementine was small sheep and low key yet as accomplishments were big and long lasting. It's maps of the lunar surface are still some of the best around and scientists have worked long and hard to expand on its discovery of frozen water at the moon's polls clementine was launched twenty five years ago today, it was designed by the defense department to test sensors batteries and other technologies it was targeted for the moon with a follow up trip to an asteroid clementine arrived at the moon a few weeks later during more than two months in orbit. It took almost a million pictures of the lunar surface in multiple wavelengths. Those images produced the first map of the entire lunar surface. And they revealed the composition of the surface the probe also measured the elevations of the surface and by tracking its radio waves scientists measured the moon. Lumpy gravity. Clementine also balanced radio waves off the polls a radio telescope on earth measured the reflected waves, which revealed is hidden inside craters. Clementine left orbit in may of nineteen ninety four and headed for an asteroid. But a faulty thruster drained away it's fuel bringing its mission to an end and its first target has a bright companion the next couple of nights. The star spiker is to the lower right of the moon as they climb into view after midnight tonight and closer to the upper right of the moon tomorrow night, we have more sky. Watching tips astronomy news and much more about the universe. In Stargate magazine, subscription information at Stargate dot org..