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Close Encounter with Our Cosmic Companion

Posted by Lydia on October 9th, 2009

This morning LCROSS carrying a Centaur rocket impacted our closest cosmic companion leaving two new manmade craters on the lunar surface. But why are we blowing holes in the moon? In days to come, the instruments and supplementary data will provide important information on the presence of water on the lunar surface. Where may this water have come from?

The possible presence of low concentrations of water crystals and hydroxl in the lunar regolith may be the result of comets and other water bearing bodies crashing into the moon. This mission is dedicated to the memory of Walter Cronkite, the beloved American CBS News anchor who died earlier this year. Mr. Cronkite was dedicated to reporting on the progress of the space programme.

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