News that the moon may hide water, a key ingredient for life, within its belly has the astronomical community buzzing.
The findings come from NASA’s LCROSS mission published this week in the prestigious journal Science. The space mission launched a spent rocket into the moon’s surface last year in hopes of seeing a plume of debris that would give scientists a rare opportunity to see what was beneath the moon’s surface.
University of Central Florida Professor Humberto Campins was quoted in a Nature news story about the findings. He offered his expertise about where the water ice and other materials detected through LCROSS might come from. Campins and his team has received international attention this year for discovering water ice and other elements on two asteroids, suggesting water may be more common than previously thought.