Volume 87 Issue 47 | p. 31 | Concentrates
Issue Date: November 23, 2009

Splashdown On The Moon Kicks Up Water

Data from the LCROSS mission lets NASA researchers confirm that there’s water on the moon
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: moon, crater, space exploration

When the ejected upper-stage rocket of NASA’s LCROSS spacecraft plunged to the moon’s surface last month, the impact kicked up about 100 kg of water—enough to fill a dozen or so 2-gal buckets, scientists reported at a press conference on Nov. 13. Instruments also detected possible signs of hydrocarbons, they said. LCROSS targeted the permanently shadowed crater Cabeus near the moon’s south pole, where scientists have suspected water ice might exist. Although the . . .

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