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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


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


Endeavour cleared for Wednesday launch try

NASA managers clear shuttle Endeavour for a second launch try Wednesday, delaying launch of a high-priority lunar mapping mission to make room.

By June 15, 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


Atlas 5 rocket launches NASA moon mission

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket launches two NASA spacecraft toward the moon for a $583 million mission to scout out landing sites and look for hidden ice.

By June 18, 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 satellite slips into orbit with 40-minute 'burn'

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter brakes into its initial orbit with a successful 40-minute rocket firing that sets the stage for commissioning and moon mapping operations.

By June 23, 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


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


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