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NASA discovers water on the moon

Gregory Delory Gregory Delory
Michael Wargo Michael Wargo

by Kristen Dahlgren

HOUSTON (NBC) - Remember when NASA crashed that probe into the moon last month?

The explosion may have looked small to us but the results were bigger that most could imagine.

NASA now says it has found "significant" water on the moon.

To the naked eye it may have looked like nothing.

But NASA now says this impact on the moon last month gave them more than they imagined.

“One of the scientists involved in analyzing the samples was quoted recently as saying he was going to eat his shorts. This has really turned our understanding of lunar water its head,” said Gregory Delory of the University of California at Berkeley.

In the plume set off by the LCROSS crashing into the moon’s surface, scientists now believe they observed both ice crystals and water vapor about 25 gallons worth in their field of vision; particles that may not have seen sunlight in billions of years.

It is a first look at one of the great mysteries hidden beneath the moon's gray surface.

“Did we hit something typical or atypical, that is a good question. I don't know the answer to that just yet, said Anthony Colaprete, LCROSS project scientist.

But either way it means the moon, once thought to be bone dry, instead has at least as much water as some deserts on earth.

“That water could be the key to sustainability for exploration, so having it there is going to be extremely valuable to us, even if right now we can’t go swimming in it” said Michael Wargo, NASA’s chief lunar scientist.

So scientists are jumping in to the rest of the data to see what other answers the moon mission may reveal after a shocking discovery that has already had a huge impact.

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