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Prospecting for Water on the Moon: The Upcoming LCROSS Mission

Dr. Anthony ColapreteJanuary 21, 2009

Dr. Anthony Colaprete (NASA Ames Research Center)

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In 2009, NASA will purposely crash two spacecraft into one of the Moon’s polar regions. The impacts should raise huge plumes of material, visible even to smaller telescopes on Earth. Dr. Colaprete, the Principal Investigator for this intriguing mission, fills us in on why scientists believe there is water in deep craters at the Moon’s poles and how the LCROSS mission plans to look for it in the plumes.