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article imageNASA Moon Crash Doesn't Yield Water Discovery Yet

By Melissa Horrocks     Oct 11, 2009 in Science
Two impacts on the moon's surface in search of water have failed to find evidence of water. The photos and video footage merely displayed a fuzzy bright flash.
NASA had prearranged for a strong missile to be launched towards the South pole of the moon. On Friday two rockets were launched towards the moon as members of the public eagerly awaited signs of an explosion. The mission planned by NASA would attempt to blast a hole in the lunar surface in search for evidence of water.
It was an important mission that would reveal any water hidden underneath the lunar surface. Evidence of water found could then be used by astronauts on future space missions.
Unfortunately this time NASA'S attempt was unsuccessful as the dust that appeared when the rocket hit the surface did not carry possible water vapors. The two spacecraft were unmanned and nobody was injured in the process. Scientists said more study is required to find evidence of water. Also, a more important discovery occurred: chemical signatures in light waves.
Once those waves are analyzed — a task that may take weeks — they will show whether water was present at the crash site.
The BBC reported that a rocket crashed into the Moon's South Pole at 1331 GMT. A short time after another spacecraft began searching for signs of water in dust that was left from the first explosion. Photos and video footage of the attempted blast displayed a blurred white flash.
According to the NASA, "Finding water on the moon would not only be a major scientific discovery, it would also have a profound effect on plans to establish a semipermanent moon base."
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