Satellite Satellite

Water on the Moon

POSTED: Saturday, November 14, 2009 - 2:52pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:59pm

Remember when NASA crashed that probe into the moon last month? The explosion may have looked small to us but the results were bigger that most could imagine. NASA now says it has found "significant" water on the moon. To the naked eye it may have looked like nothing.

But NASA now says this impact on the moon last month gave them more than they imagined. “One scientist said going to eat his shorts. This has really turned our understanding of water on the moon on its head,” said LCROSS Project scientist Anthony Colaprete. In the plume set off by the lcross crashing into the moons surface, scientists now believe they observed both ice crystals and water vapor about 25 gallons worth in their field of vision.

Particles that may not have seen sunlight in billions of years. A first look at one of the great mysteries hidden beneath the moon's grey surface. “Did we hit typical or atypical I don't know answer yet, said Colaprete. But either way it means the moon, once thought to be bone dry, instead has at least as much water as some deserts on earth.

“That water could be the key to sustainability for exploration,” said Colaprete.
So scientists are jumping in to the rest of the data to see what other answers the moon mission may reveal after a shocking discovery that has already had a huge impact.