NASA finds ‘Significant amount’ of water on the Moon

November 13, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Remember that rocket that was launched at the moon last month to kick up a plume of material? It turns out it made a significant find. Jubilant NASA scientists announced today (Friday), there is a “significant amount” of frozen water found on the moon, boosting hopes of eventually setting up a permanent lunar base.

Preliminary data from the rocket that slammed into the Cabeus crater, near the moon’s southern pole, followed four minutes later by a spacecraft equipped with cameras to record the impact,” and indicates the mission successfully uncovered water in the permanently shadowed lunar crater,” NASA said.

“The discovery opens a new chapter in our understanding of the moon,” it added in a statement.

How much water there may be across the rest of the moon is still unclear, but the pole turned out to be filled with water in the form of ice and vapor, as well as other complex molecules that are still being analyzed and which may offer clues to the origin of the solar system.

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One Response to “NASA finds ‘Significant amount’ of water on the Moon”

  1. Canada Guy on November 13th, 2009 7:16 pm

    The future of human space exploration looks bleak. After making great leaps 50 years ago, stagnation has taken over. No human has left Earth orbit in 37 years, and NASA’s current unambitious goals look to be further delayed or scaled back.

    http://www.watchinghistory.com/2009/11/future-of-space-exploration.html

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