"It's not liquid water, it's not frozen water and it's not gaseous water,” she says. “It's not your grandmother's water on the moon. It's a completely different mindset. You sort of have to throw out everything you think of by that phrase."
Although the amount of water is small, this discovery came as a surprise to scientists who have long thought of the moon as bone-dry.
The Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft launched in India last October, discovered the first sign of water on the moon’s soil. Scientist double-checked the findings with two other space probes, NASA’s Cassini, which passed the moon in 1999, and Deep Impact, which went by the moon in June.
The discovery could be a potential resource for astronauts, namely drinking water and rocket fuel.
NASA has been working on a plant to return to the moon by 2020, but the plan is currently being reviewed by the Obama administration.