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NASA to Bomb Moon

It's exploring the moon the American way: with bombs. Today NASA is expected to launch a mission to bomb a crater near the moon's south pole, Scientific American reports. The aim of the mission is to figure out if there is water below the surface of the moon. Scientists will examine the debris kicked up by the explosion for water ice or vapor. The explosion will kick debris 6 miles into the moon's atmosphere, making it visible from Earth. If, as Scientific American put it, ice is "trapped in crater shadows near the south pole which never receives any sunlight," the resulting water could serve as the basis for a manned moon base.

June 18, 2009 5:41 AM