Science: A Wet Moon?

In spite of their heated arguments about the moon's origin, history and composition, lunar scientists usually agree on one point; that the moon is a bleak, waterless place, a million times dryer, as one researcher put it, than the Gobi Desert. That idea was challenged last week, as two Rice University scientists disclosed that they had detected the first evidence of water on the moon.

The provocative report came from Physicists John Freeman and H. Kent Hills. They have been keeping track of signals from extremely sensitive devices left behind at the Apollo landing...

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