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NASA finds water on the moon

Link here

A "significant amount" of frozen water has been found on the moon, the US space agency said Friday heralding a giant leap forward in space exploration and boosting hopes of a permanent lunar base.

Preliminary data from a dramatic experiment on the moon "indicates the mission successfully uncovered water in a permanently shadowed lunar crater," NASA said in a statement.

"The discovery opens a new chapter in our understanding of the moon," it added, as ecstatic scientists celebrated the landmark discovery.

"Yes indeed we found water and we did not find only a little bit but a significant amount," said Anthony Colaprete, project scientist and principal investigator for the 79-million-dollar LCROSS mission.


So there, we just found the mother lode on the moon by "bombing" it. (The scientific term is called an impactor and has been in use since the beginnings of the space age. See Ranger probes)

I hope Bill O'Reilly chokes on more spittle over this.

Really.
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It made it's 3rd pass past the planet yesterday afternoon and has returned more images of areas never before seen by either Mariner 10 in the mid 1970s or it's own previous two passes.

Seems like Mercury is going to be an interesting place to explore, even if it only takes 88 days to circle the sun.



http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/gallery/sciencePhotos/image.php?gallery_id=2&image_id=331
http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/gallery/sciencePhotos/image.php?gallery_id=2&image_id=332

http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/gallery/sciencePhotos/image.php?gallery_id=2&image_id=333

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