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New maps of Mercury show icy-looking craters

Data from NASA's Messenger spacecraft bolsters the case that ice lines the inside of polar craters on Mercury.

By March 28, 2012


NASA finds up to 1.3 trillion pounds of lunar ice

Data gathered from NASA radar aboard an Indian spacecraft indicate that more than 40 of the moon's craters, permanently in shadows, contain as much as 600 million cubic meters of ice.

By March 2, 2010


NASA spacecraft confirms water ice deposits on moon

Deliberate crash of an empty rocket stage in a permanently shadowed crater near the moon's south pole last month kicked up definitive signs of water ice, scientists say.

By November 13, 2009


Buzz Out Loud Podcast 1106: A tall drink of moon water

Turns out when we blew up the moon a few weeks ago, we found water! Yay! The bottled water companies are presumably planning their trips now. THIS is how we motivate us to get back to the moon!

By November 13, 2009


Kamikaze moon mission kicks up dust, maybe ice?

In a brute-force search for lunar ice, NASA sent two spacecraft crashing to the moon Friday in a $79 million attempt to blast out suspected ice-bearing soil for detailed analysis.

By October 9, 2009


Water detected on the moon, buried ice on Mars

Recent data from three spacecraft provide clear evidence of lunar water, while a Mars orbiter discovers huge ice sheets buried on the Red Planet.

By September 24, 2009


Lunar orbiter begins long-awaited mapping mission

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter was maneuvered into a 31-mile-high mapping orbit Tuesday, and scientists say it's already providing data about possible water ice deposits.

By September 17, 2009


Cirque du Soleil chief outlines 'poetic' space mission

Founder Guy Laliberté plans to stage a global extravaganza during his stay aboard the International Space Station next month to raise awareness of water issues.

By September 2, 2009


NASA has new hopes, challenges with moonshot

The space agency thinks ice on the moon could be the key to an outpost that smoothes the path to Mars. But funding could be a bigger barrier than physics.

By July 17, 2009


Lunar mapping satellite snaps first test images

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has snapped its first test images, showing the moon's starkly cratered terrain in preparation for the start of mapping operations.

By July 2, 2009