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‘Buckets’ of water on the Moon

Published 16/11/2009

Scientists have announced that they have discovered “buckets” of water on the Moon following the analysis of data from a spacecraft that was deliberately crashed into a lunar crater last month.

The researchers said the evidence for the existence of significant bodies of water ice hidden in polar craters on the Moon is “definitive” and the total quantities could be big enough to support a permanently-manned lunar base.

Previous studies suggested the presence of water might be possible and then only in trace amounts. However, an analysis of the data from the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, which was crashed into the Cabeus crater near the lunar South Pole, has revealed a definitive chemical signature of water vapour in the dust and debris that was released.

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