A spacecraft designer is interviewed in his lab

Hunting for hydrogen — a moonshot


Iti Agnihotri

Researchers are on the lookout for hydrogen, a key component of water, thought to reside in the moon’s ever-dark craters. Craig Hardgrove tells us how the first self-propelled, shoebox-sized spacecraft could reveal the whereabouts of water on the moon, and what that means to Earthlings.

The Arizona State University School of Earth and Space Exploration assistant professor explains why small spacecraft allow for bigger experimental risk, and how when it comes to these tiny travelers, less can mean more.  

Hardgrove's talk is part of the ASU KEDtalks series. Short for Knowledge Enterprise Development talks, KEDtalks aim to spark ideas, indulge curiosity and inspire action by highlighting ASU scientists, humanists, social scientists and artists who are driven to find solutions to the universe’s grandest challenges. Tune in to research.asu.edu/kedtalks to discover how researchers are attacking locust plagues, why baby steps are not the best way to achieve change and more.

Top photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now