Friday, November 13, 2009

NASA moon crash struck lots of water

NASA HAS announced that there is water on the moon. The evidence of this water was discovered after the NASA spacecraft LCROSS (Lunar Crater Observatory and Sensing Satellite) discovered water ice beds at the lunar south pole, when it impacted the moon. Cabeus - the lunar south pole crater was intentionally impacted by LCROSS on Friday, October 9.

The LCROSS spacecraft, which was built at a cost of $79 million, crashed the lunar surface so that scientists could probe the debris for the presence of water. The project scientist Anthony Colaprete, who is also the principal investigator for NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffet Field, said "Indeed yes, we found water. And we didn't find just a little bit, we found a significant amount."

It might be remembered that Chandrayan, the Indian lunar probe had found evidence of water on Moon and shared the findings with NASA almost a month ago. Chandrayan has NASA’s lunar analysing equipment fitted on board.

For long, scientists have suspected that there is water on the surface of moon, particularly at its south pole, which is permanently shadowed by craters. These craters have frozen water since the temperature is cold. NASA has been analysing the debris of the lunar crater by its sensing satellite and is planning to launch a mission to the moon by 2020.