The mission to crash two spacecraft into the surface of the moon has detected about 25 gallons of water in the form of ice and vapour.
Last month NASA scientists contrived to punch a hole in the Luna surface and discovered significant amounts of water in a crater that is permanently in shadow. Anthony Colaprete is a member of the NASA team: “ We found water. And we didn’t find just a little bit, we found a significant amount. If you remember about a month ago we were talking about teaspoons going into glasses, well now I can say today that in the 20 to 30 meter crater LCROSS made we found maybe a dozen of these two gallon buckets of water.” The findings could mean there is enough water at the planet’s poles to sustain future explorers. NASA say they found evidence of water in the dust kicked up by the LCROSS craft as it hit the Cabeus crater. If the water is billions of years old, it could contain information about the formation of the solar system. As well as water Cabeus holds a number of intriguing substances as it acts as a cold trap collecting and preserving materials over of billions years.