Did you know that the Moon may have deposits of water ice at its poles?
The Moon (click to enlarge)

Water on the Moon! Its presence would significantly advance the prospects of establishing a permanently-manned lunar base. Radar measurement of the south pole have provided tantalizing evidence of subsurface water, perhaps located in crater floors that rarely receive direct sunshine. In 2005 astronomers crashed a probe into the Moon's south pole hoping to release a plume of water vapor that could be detected by ground-based telescopes; no signature of water was seen. Nevertheless astronomers are planning further missions to the Moon to help determine whether or not there is water on the Moon.

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