The news this morning from NASA that their LCROSS probe impact with the moon has unearthed water on the moon.
“In the first look at results from the LCROSS mission, which sent a probe crashing into the Cabeus crater near the moon’s south pole, NASA’s main investigator said their instruments clearly detected water, despite the underwhelming plume.
Within the field of view of their instruments, the team measured approximately 220 pounds or about 26 gallons of water.” – http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/11/lcross-water-ice/
This news is potentially massive for any future missions to the moon or even the possibilities of establishing a future permanent moon base. If there is a fresh source of water on the moon it makes the options around supporting a permanent human crew a lot easier.
I can see it now: moon based hydroelectric power dams.