It's official, folks: Brita can start selling lunar water filters. NASA confirmed the presence of lunar agua today with a cheeky: "The argument that the moon is a dry, desolate place no longer holds water." Oh, NASA!
One month ago NASA's LCROSS spacecraft crashed onto the lunar surface, sending up a plume of moon dust to be analyzed. It's that plume that has yielded the amazing discovery. "We are ecstatic," LCROSS principal investigator Anthony Colaprete said. "Multiple lines of evidence show water was present in both the high angle vapor plume and the ejecta curtain created by the LCROSS Centaur impact. The concentration and distribution of water and other substances requires further analysis, but it is safe to say Cabeus holds water."
Translation: maybe not enough water to fill my lunar pool (shown here in the artist rendering above), but perhaps enough to prove useful to our future
exploitation exploration of the moon.