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LCROSS found what it was looking for!

Posted: November 13th, 2009, 12:43 pm
by btoman
I had been wondering what was going on with all the data they received. Well, sounds like good news! Instead of posting a link, I just copied the text to put here.

"by Jean-Louis Santini – 38 mins ago
WASHINGTON (AFP) – A "significant amount" of frozen water has been found on the moon, the US space agency said Friday heralding a major leap forward in space exploration and boosting hopes of a permanent lunar base.
Preliminary data from a moon probe "indicates the mission successfully uncovered water in a permanently shadowed lunar crater," NASA said in a statement.
"The discovery opens a new chapter in our understanding of the moon," it added, as ecstatic scientists celebrated the landmark discovery.
The data was found after NASA sent two spacecraft crashing into the lunar service last month in a dramatic experiment to probe Earth's nearest neighbor for water.
One rocket slammed into the Cabeus crater, near the lunar southern pole, at around 5,600 miles (9,000 kilometers) per hour.
The impact sent a huge plume of material billowing up from the bottom of the crater, which has not seen sunlight for billions of years.
The rocket was followed four minutes later by a spacecraft equipped with cameras to record the impact.
"We are ecstatic," said Anthony Colaprete, project scientist and principal investigator for the 79-million-dollar LCROSS mission.
"Multiple lines of evidence show water was present in both the high angle vapor plume and the ejecta curtain created by the LCROSS Centaur impact.
"The concentration and distribution of water and other substances requires further analysis, but it is safe to say Cabeus holds water," Colaprete said.
Scientists had previously theorized that, except for the possibility of ice at the bottom of craters, the moon was totally dry.
Finding water on Earth's natural satellite is a major breakthrough in space exploration.
"We're unlocking the mysteries of our nearest neighbor and, by extension, the solar system," said Michael Wargo, chief lunar scientist at NASA headquarters in Washington.
"The full understanding of the LCROSS data may take some time. The data is that rich," Colaprete cautioned.
"Along with the water in Cabeus, there are hints of other intriguing substances. The permanently shadowed regions of the moon are truly cold traps, collecting and preserving material over billions of years."
Only 12 men, 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.
But NASA's ambitious plans to put US astronauts back on the moon by 2020 to establish manned lunar bases for further exploration to Mars under the Constellation project are increasingly in doubt.
NASA's budget is currently too small to pay for Constellation's Orion capsule, a more advanced and spacious version of the Apollo lunar module, as well as the Ares I and Ares V launchers needed to put the craft in orbit.
A key review panel appointed by President Barack Obama said existing budgets are not large enough to fund a return mission before 2020."

Re: LCROSS found what it was looking for!

Posted: June 29th, 2010, 4:57 pm
by Christopher K.
Tom was really excited about this, even going so far as to create a small display at the front desk announcing the good news.

Although we didn't see anything at HRPO during the impact itself (Greg Guzik recorded video and took it back to LSU for analysis), there was a good time had by all, with families showing up even before dawn--along with Andy Hollerman ( and his students from ULL.

LCROSS received this year's Space Pioneer Award in the Science and Engineering category.

More information at: ... award.html

Impact result images: ... mages.html

Re: LCROSS found what it was looking for!

Posted: August 19th, 2010, 11:25 pm
by Christopher K.
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter found something it wasn't looking for!

"Lobate scarps" (a type of cliff with a steep face, gently sloping back and asymmetrical cross section) found in the lunar crust may be younger than one billion years old, and as young as 100 million years old. They might prove the Moon shrank quite recently and may be continuing to shrink.

The LRO, whose primary mission was to conduct investigation to prepare for future lunar exploration, launched with LCROSS.

More information at: ... -moon.html

Re: LCROSS found what it was looking for!

Posted: April 26th, 2018, 11:46 am
by Christopher K.
Of course, LCROSS's mission was in part to see if any appreciable amount of water could be used for early workers and colonists at the Lunar South Pole.

A brand-new trio of "coloning" sessions will be introduced at HRPO's Science Academy beginning 12 May with "Colonizing the Moon". The session is for eight- to twelve-year-olds and registration on 28 April. There are only room for sixteen Cadets!

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