It's official! NASA announces that a significant amount of frozen water was found on the moon's crater. The US space agency today opened a new chapter in our understanding of the moon.
"In the 20 to 30 meter crater we found maybe about a dozen, at least, two-gallon buckets of water. This is an initial result," Anthony Colaprete, LCROSS project scientist and principal investigator at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., told reporters.
"We are ecstatic," Colaprete said. "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."
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.
"It's very exciting, it is painting a new image of the moon," said Gregory Deloy, from the University of California hailing it as "an extraordinary discovery."
Sources: NASA, Yahoo! News