While I wouldn't expect to begin purchasing swimming pools on the moon just yet, NASA today announced their previous mission to locate water on the moon was a success, and that they could now open a "new chapter" which could possibly include the building of a lunar space station on the moon. Their findings were a direct result of an October 9th mission that saw a Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite intentionally crash into a crater near the moon's south pole. Once the satellite made contact, a rocket then flew through the debris cloud to collect tons of data, which included measuring the amount of water. From CNN.com:
Michael Wargo, chief lunar scientist at NASA headquarters in Washington, said the latest discovery also 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 activity. The Earth also may have a role, Wargo said.
"If the water that was formed or deposited is billions of years old, these polar cold traps could hold a key to the history and evolution of the solar system, much as an ice core sample taken on Earth reveals ancient data," NASA said in its statement.
"In addition, water and other compounds represent potential resources that could sustain future lunar exploration."
Great! Wonderful! Call me when they open the first Starbucks up there ...