Spacecraft Detects Water on the Moon

Check out this neat story from CNN on NASA’s Friday announcement of the discovery of water on the Moon.  You can find another account from MSNBC here, as well as space.com articles here, here and here.

The space agency collected data using its Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS).  The sensing probe was preceded by a Centaur rocket stage which made impact in a crater named Cabeus on October 9th, located near the Moon’s south pole.  This created a debris cloud which was imaged and analyzed by the LCROSS before it also plunged into the lunar surface about four minutes later.

The water comes in the form of ice located in dark “cold traps” on the Moon’s surface. 

Scientists believe the discovery of water may be critical to future efforts to colonize the Moon, and may even help shed light upon “the history and evolution of the solar system, much as an ice core sample taken on Earth reveals ancient data.” 

You can link to NASA’s page on the LCROSS mission here

Greensboro Public Library has plenty of books on the Moon and the history of spaceflight to our satellite, if you’re interested.  Our titles include:  The Book of the Moon by Rick Stroud; Moon by Jacqueline Mitton (juvenile); Home on the Moon:  Living on a Space Frontier by Marianne J. Dyson (juvenile); Moon Missions:  Mankind’s First Voyages to Another World by William F. Mellberg; Rocket Men:  The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon by Craig Nelson; In the Shadow of the Moon: A Challenging Journey to Tranquility, 1965-1969 by Francis French and Colin Burgess; Apollo:  The Epic Journey to the Moon by David West Reynolds; and many more.

And please don’t forget that we occasionally have astronomy programs at our Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch.  Sometimes these programs include viewing sessions with their 8 inch Dobsonian reflector.

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