spacetoday.net: space news from around the webin association with SpaceNews

LCROSS finds "significant" water deposits on the Moon
Posted: Fri, Nov 13, 2009, 2:24 PM ET (1924 GMT)
LCROSS spacecraft illustration (NASA) Scientists analyzing data collected by NASA's LCROSS lunar impactor mission said Friday that that had detected a "significant amount" of water in a lunar crater. The LCROSS (Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite) impacted a Centaur upper stage in the Cabeus crater near the Moon's south pole on October 9; LCROSS studied the plume before itself impacting in the crater a few minutes later. Data returned by LCROSS after the Centaur impact, specifically near infrared spectra, contained the signature of water ice as well as other, unidentified, compounds. The amount of water there is much greater than what had been detected in the lunar regolith elsewhere by other missions: about 100 kilograms in the plume kicked up by the Centaur impact. Scientists had long thought greater quantities of water ice could exist in the permanently-shadowed regions of craters near the lunar poles, where ice could remain stable for billions of years.
<<previous article   next article>>
news in brief
British company announced crowdfunded lunar mission plan
Posted: Thu, Nov 20 7:18 AM ET (1218 GMT)

ATK and Orbital postpone vote to approve merger
Posted: Thu, Nov 20 7:03 AM ET (1203 GMT)

Russia considering new space station
Posted: Tue, Nov 18 8:50 AM ET (1350 GMT)

news links
Thursday, November 20
Kickstarter Campaign Seeks Funding for Moon Mission
Popular Mechanics — 6:54 am ET (1154 GMT)
Rosetta lander detects organic comet matter
The Times of London — 6:51 am ET (1151 GMT)
The Tricky Ethics of Intergalactic Colonization
Wired News — 6:49 am ET (1149 GMT)
Return to the moon
Boston Globe — 6:45 am ET (1145 GMT)


about spacetoday.net   ·   info@spacetoday.net   ·   mailing list