NASA’s Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) declared that they have found evidence of significant amounts of water on the Earth’s Moon. NASA sent two spacecrafts crashing into the lunar surface last month in an experiment to search Earth’s nearest neighbour for water.

NASA said that the first information from a remarkable experiment on the Moon “indicates the mission successfully uncovered water in a permanently shadowed lunar crater… The discovery opens a new chapter in our understanding of the moon.”

Anthony Colaprete is the project scientist and principal investigator for the 79-million-dollar LCROSS mission, he explained that “we found water and we did not find only a little bit but […] In the 20 to 30 meter crater we found maybe about a dozen, at least, two-gallon buckets of water. This is an initial result.” He continued, “The full understanding of the LCROSS data may take some time. The data is that rich.”

Scientists speculated that the moon was totally dry, except for the chance of ice at the bottom of craters, although seeing this extraordinary discovery has blown their minds

Only 12 men who are all Americans, have ever walked on the moon, and the last to set foot there were in 1972, at the end of the Apollo missions, which makes it nearly 40 years since we’ve been on the moon. NASA is hoping to send more astronauts there by 2020.

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