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NASA Says Crash Turned Up Evidence Of Water In Moon Crater

"Preliminary data from NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, indicates the mission successfully uncovered water in a permanently shadowed lunar crater," NASA announced just a short time ago.

According to the space agency, "the discovery opens a new chapter in our understanding of the moon."

As NPR's Nell Greenfieldboyce reported back on Oct. 9, when NASA sent a 2.2-ton piece of space junk into the crater to then analyze what it kicked up:

This is of interest to NASA in part because future moon explorers might be able to make use of this resource.