LCROSS

The $79 million moon mission known as the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, was launched to determine whether water exists at the moon’s poles. The LCROSS mission of NASA which involved sending a probe to the Moon and impact it with weaponry to create a crater under the darkest part of moon. The instruments onboard were trying to pick up any sediments of Ice, hydrocarbons and any other gases.

The results of which has been released. Yahoo news reports that Besides water, the plume also contained carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, ammonia, sodium, mercury and silver.

Now truly this is remarkable if we consider the possibilities of exploration of space through the moon. Presence of water should act as a lifeline for some missions to be carried out from moon and also watch the space from a different perspective from the base of the moon.

For some more reading,

http://lcross.arc.nasa.gov/

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_sci_shoot_the_moon

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