NASA said on Friday it is too early to tell if it detected water-ice on the moon as a result of the LCROSS mission that fired a rocket into a crater in the moon's south pole this morning.
NASA said that in order to show if there is water or some form of water in the rocks and soil that were struck, it needs to analyze the data collected by spectrometers that monitored the debris plume caused by the explosion.
The debris plume that NASA predicted would be visible to the public, wasn't clearly shown on any of the images and videos collected by NASA as of Friday morning, causing some disappointment among the viewers of the historical event.
Sill, NASA scientists looked pleased and downplayed the importance of pictures they focused on other data and said the spectrometers' measurements worked perfectly, according to Anthony Colaprete, LCROSS mission Principal investigator.
The spectrometer data showed variations and not just blackness, Colaprete said in a press conference. He admitted they don't know yet what the variations mean but said they would analyze the information over the next two days.
It will take scientists about two weeks to determine if water was found, they said.
Mike Wargo, NASA's Chief Lunar Scientist remarked on the importance of the $79 million experiment. He said it was timely because it provided an important piece in the puzzle of the existence of water on the moon. He also said it was timeless because it could be used by other explorers to plan for the future exploration of the solar system.
LCROSS stands for Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite.
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