Fly Me to the Moon, It Has Ice

UCLA researchers discover frozen water on moon's south pole

By Erin Richards
|  Friday, Oct 22, 2010  |  Updated 11:14 AM PDT
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UCLA researchers working on a NASA team have discovered ice on the moon.

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If you've been putting off your dream vacation of going to the moon, because you won't shell out $200,000 for a ticket on Virgin Galactic for a flight without chilled drinks, fear no more.

UCLA scientists have discovered ice on the moon.

The researchers, working on NASA's Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment team detected large amounts of frozen water widespread throughout the moon's south pole.

Principal investigator and planetary science professor David Paige used temperature readings from the infrared spectrometer Diviner to measure permanently shadowed craters at the moon's poles.

The team's findings appear in the current issue of Science, out Friday.

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