October 05, 2009

water on the moon?

On Friday, NASA will send a section of rocket slamming into the moon at 5,700 miles per hour. Following the impact, a companion probe will have just a few minutes to gather data from the resulting six mile high dust cloud, looking for signs of trapped water ice.

Just four minutes will decide the outcome of three years of preparations, four months of space travel, and a $79 million investment put into the bold mission. … The sensors will scan the debris for the chemical signature of water, providing definitive proof for a decade-old hypothesis that ice exists on Earth’s inhospitable companion.

If they find water I assume lunar golf courses with playable greens can’t be too far off in the future.