Astronomy: There is Water on the Moon

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The field I am writing about is astronomy. Scientist has recently revealed secrets about the moon that had gone unanswered for billions of years. NASA sent the LUNAR CRATER observation and sensing satellite otherwise known as LCROSS to the moon on October 9th, 2009. LCROSS uncovered water in the Cabeus cater near the moons south pole. The moon has many secrets and LCROSS will aid NASA in uncovering, discovering, and decoding theses secrets. Data from other LCROSS instruments are being analyzed for additional information about the materials at the impact sight. The permanently shadowed regents of the moon are cold traps that collect and preserve material over billions of years. The full understanding of the data that LCROSS collected will take a long time to interpret.

This article interested me because I was shocked it took billions of years for NASA to figure out there is water on the moon. When I thought of the moon I never thought there would be water on it and it made me think about how much more there is to figure out about our universe.

The field I am writing about is astronomy. In 2004 NASA launched the Messenger space craft to explore our solar system, including trip around Earth, Mercury, Venus and the Sun. It was reported this week that during its third trip past mercury, Messenger provided NASA with an almost complete view of Mercury’s surface. That had never been seen before. Some of the things that are shown by the photos include a bright area and a formation that could be like a volcano. Messenger also took pictures of a huge basin that is almost 200 mile wide and could be 1 billion years old. Believe it or not a 1 billion year old basin is considered young, because other similar basins are believed to be about four times older. Messenger also took pictures of Mercury’s North Pole and South Pole, and provided a lot of information about Mercury’s atmosphere. It also showed that Mercury’s surface has a lot of iron and titanium, which is similar to some parts of the moon.
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