Can we dream about the next giant leap of mankind with NASA’s latest discovery.
It has been too long since Neil Armstrong stepped on the Moon and fortunately, today we again have chance to hear some good news about our Earth’s only natural satellite. NASA announces Friday that it had discovered water on the Moon; this means we can definitely expect to see the development of a lunar space station and a next giant leap of mankind.
“I’m here today to tell you that indeed, yes, we found water. And we didn’t find just a little bit; we found a significant amount” – Project scientist Anthony Colaprete brought us that good news at a midday news conference.
In order to examine their theories about water on the Moon, NASA had their “Lunar Cater Observation and Sensing Satellite” of “LCROSS” intentionally crashed into the shadowed region near the Moon’s south pole on October 9th. After the satellite struck, a rocket flew through the debris cloud; collecting data include the amount of water. The project team later gathered all the data and confirmed the presence of water.
Although the cost for this experiment crash was about $79 million, Mr. Michael Wargo, chief lunar scientist at NASA headquarters is optimistic that the latest discovery could unlock the mysteries of the solar system. He listed several options as sources for the water, including solar winds, comets, giant molecular clouds or even the moon itself through some kind of internal activities. Our Earth also may have some role in this.
In NASA’s statement, it gives out possibility that the water was formed from billion of years in the Moon’s polar, and it could hold the key to the history and evolution of the solar system, just like an ice core sample from Earth can reveals several data form the ancients. It also said that water and other compound represent potential resources that could sustain future exploration.
Maybe NASA are making their discovery bigger than it really is, but their success in making the Moon become more closer to people’s knowledge is undeniable. And we can believe in future, people will be able to reach out further to the universe, and at first is the Moon.