Program: NOVA | Type: Clip | Aired: 2019-07-10

Scientists Launch Rocket into the Moon to Find Water

Ingeniously, by using part of the rocket itself as the impactor, scientists make room for a separate spacecraft—one that follows a few minutes behind, flies through the ejected material to analyze its contents, and hurriedly sends the data back to Earth before smashing into the Moon itself.

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Scientists Launch Rocket into the Moon to Find Water