Today, NASA has opened a new chapter in our understanding of the moon. Preliminary data from the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, indicates that the mission has found water on impact in the region of permanently shadowed Cabeus October 9, 2009, near the lunar south pole.
The impact resulting from LCROSS Centaurupper stage rocket has created two clouds with some of the material on the crater floor. The first part was a plume of vapor and fine particles, the second consisting of heavier material. This material has not seen sunlight in billions of years.
A “significant quantity” of water ice was found on the moon. This was announced by NASA to little more than a month after the probe L-Cross had launched a rocket-projectile Centaur against a lunar crater in search of possible sources of water.
The spectrographic analysis of the cloud of debris caused by the impact of the missile has confirmed the presence of water trapped in frozen. “From the first lunar data emerging from the survey – it said in a statement from NASA – indicates that the mission has successfully discovered water in a crater on the farside of the moon “.
A discovery, says NASA, “that opens a new chapter in the study of lunar territory“. The Centaur rocket projectile on 9 October had hit the Cabeus crater near the south pole of the moon at a speed of about 9000 kilometers per hour. Soon after another missile equipped with a camera had filmed the impact.
The crater, according to reports by the head of mission Doug Cooke, there were about 90 liters of water. “We have unlocked the mysteries of our neighbors in the solar system – the statement – this will allow us to reveal more secrets“. LCROSSwas launched on 18 June from Florida. After traveling for about 113 days and have covered about 9 million km Centaur and LCROSSwere separated on an end to the moon.