Water on moon

Turns out there’s lots of water on the moon — at least near the lunar south pole, scientists said Friday.

And are they ever happy.

“We are ecstatic,” Anthony Colaprete, project scientist and principal investigator for the $79-million Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite mission that crashed into a crater near the moon’s south pole last month — specifically to look for water.

“Indeed, yes, we found water. And we didn’t find just a little bit; we found a significant amount,” Colaprete said.

Colaprete estimated the impact from the crash kicked up at least 25 gallons of water.

Significant water would make it easier to set up a base camp for astronauts.

Previous spacecraft have detected the presence of hydrogen in lunar craters near the poles. In September, scientists reported finding tiny amounts of water mixed into the lunar soil all over the lunar surface.