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The amount of water in any one place is tiny. Clark estimated it at about a quart per ton of soil.
The moon "is almost as wet as a bone," Lucey said in an e-mail interview with The Times. "It is in the form of an imperceptible film on soil grains, perhaps several molecules thick."
I'm interested to learn more about what Chandrayaan-1 found. I don't trust the Times to get the details right.
Did India’s maiden Moon mission Chandrayaan-1 find water on the lunar surface before the project was aborted? There were indications on
Tuesday that it had. An announcement about a ‘‘major discovery’’ made by Chandrayaan-I is expected on Thursday, and the buzz is that this could be about water on the Moon. If true, credit for this much-awaited discovery, however, could go to Nasa’s Moon Minerology Mapper (M3), one of the payloads on board Chandrayaan
For now, neither Isro nor Nasa is speaking about the discovery. A spokesman for Brown University also declined comment, saying there was an embargo. "It will be a major announcement of a major discovery and is something great for Chandrayaan. It will mark a major leap for India’s space programme,
Oh... come on. They have had numerous spacecraft up there and they have suspected water on the moon since the 60's when the Moon rocks came back. They initially thought that the Moon rocks had been contaminated by water from Earth. One of the news articles (maybe Wired, I cannot remember) talks about how the scientist who is releasing one of the articles in Science today, found spectra indications of water 10 years ago. If NASA suspected water up there, you can bet your bottom dollar that they would have sent something up there to confirm or deny it. They just have not told us, thats all.
It doesn't surprise me in the least that NASA would have waited for confirmation before releasing that kind of information. This doesn't mean the moon can support life or that anyone was performing some kind of massive disinformation scheme, it just means they discovered something that they weren't entirely convinced about and wanted to research it further before "unveiling" it.