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NASA says “significant” water was found on the moon

In a briefing yesterday at NASA‘s Ames Research Center at Moffett Field in Sunnyvale, California, scientists announced that a “significant amount” of water was found on the moon, on the basis of preliminary data gathered by the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS). The LCROSS satellite was intentionally crashed into a permanently shadowed region of the Cabeus crater near the moon’s south pole, on October 9. After the satellite struck, a rocket flew through the debris cloud and measured the amount of water, among other things. The experiment detected about 24 gallons of water! A video of the announcement by project scientist Anthony Colaprete is present on the CNN site.

Michael Wargo, chief lunar scientist at NASA headquarters in Washingto, D.C. said that possible sources for the water include solar winds, comets, giant molecular clouds, internal activity of the moon itself, and that the earth may have had a role.

Wargo also said that “…water and other compounds represent potential resources that could sustain future lunar exploration.”

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