Nuke the moon!
The whole thing seemed to me to have the feel of a publicity stunt. I mean, when Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg are talking about the impact on their show on ESPN2 and how they are disappointed that it didn't look as spectacular as the animation led them to believe it would be. Come on guys stick to a topic you barely know anything about: sports.
I had no doubt that water would be kicked up in the impact in quantity, the only question in my mind was how much. The reason is that on May 18th, 1910 the Earth and Moon passed through the tail of Halley's Comet, and the water ice in that crater has been sitting there for 99 years, nice and safe from the solar wind. Oops...did I just hear the scientific community let out a collective "D'OH!!!"
Yup. No great vast deposits of water ice just below the surface at the lunar poles waiting to sustain human colonists. But there might be enough on the floors of those permanently dark polar craters to make it viable, no great processing of rock to obtain water required.
Still, the whole show as a publicity stunt...Oddly I have no problem with that. Whatever it takes to get the general public behind us going back to the Moon, I'm all in favor of. It was inexpensive, throwing away stuff we had already used, or re-purposing if you prefer the term. The press has spent more money on column-inches for the story than NASA did on the re-purposing, animation and analysis of the impact. Nice feat that. :lol: