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LCROSS impact plumes contained moon water, NASA says

Cabeus crater LCROSS

A spacecraft that performed a choreographed, two-part dive into the lunar surface in October churned up detectable levels of water ice, NASA announced Friday. The Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, chased a spent Centaur rocket stage toward the moon to observe the booster’s impact into a permanently shadowed crater known as Cabeus [...]

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LCROSS strikes Earth’s moon as other moons continue to puzzle: Fourth dispatch from the annual planets meeting

LCROSS moon impact

FAJARDO, Puerto Rico—"We could have just stayed in bed" was one comment I overheard this morning from planetary scientists who had woken up early to see NASA’s Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) crash into the lunar surface. At 7:31 A.M. (Eastern Daylight Time) the spacecraft’s Centaur-class rocket booster slammed (deliberately) into the moon, [...]

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