“We thought we understood the moon, but we don’t.”

— Paul Spudis, Lunar & Planetary Institute

Not so long ago at all, the conventional wisdom was that Earth’s Moon was among the driest of all bodies in the solar system. No more.

In rapid succession, three different lunar exploration missions have demonstrated the existence of water ice in varied forms, including at least 40 craters each with water ice to a depth of at least two meters. This wealth of new information is making quite a splash. See NASA’s The Multiplying Mystery of Moonwater.

(For even more detail see NASA Radar Finds Ice Deposits at Moon’s North Pole, LCROSS Finds Water on the Moon and Water Molecules Found on the Moon.)

Published in: on March 18, 2010 at 4:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

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