NASA has reported the discovery of more water on the moon than they originally expected to find and it could add up to billions of gallons of usable water.
A year ago, NASA crashed a rocket into the Cabeus Crater at the south pole of the moon. The crash sent a large amount of soil into the thin moon atmosphere. Following the rocket by a few minutes, the LCROSS probe filmed the rocket’s impact and the plume of debris it created. Then the LCROSS probe also crashed into the same area of the moon.
NASA had another spacecraft called the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) which passed close to the moon and was able to provide further examination of the debris which was thrown over 9 miles high above the carter’s rim.
According to the instruments used, they report that about 20% of the dust plume was made up of methane, ammonia, hydrogen gas, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. The instruments also detected significant amounts of some metals including sodium and mercury and trace amounts of silver.
What got the scientists excited was that about 5.6% of the ejection was water in the form of vapor and ice particles. They measured over 340 pounds of water vapor and water ice in the ejected plume. Based on the amount of water discovered with the impact, the researchers estimate that in that 6 mile region of the crater, there should be about a billion gallons of water.
But should we be surprised that they found so much water on the moon, or anywhere else in space?
Dr. Russell Humphreys, physicist and author of Starlight and Time, predicted that wherever man looked in the solar system, galaxy and universe that he would find evidence of water. He based his prediction on his understanding of God’s description of Creation in Genesis 1.
Dr. Humphreys explained that God started with water in Genesis 1:1-2: In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the deep, and the Spirit of God moved upon the waters. Notice that there was nothing but water first mentioned. That would also explain why the earth was without form and void. Most likely, it was in the middle of the water, but had not yet been formed.
Then God separated the waters in Genesis 1:6-8: Again God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters. Then God made the firmament, and separated the waters, which were under the firmament, from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament, Heaven.. At this point, the earth was still formless and void as it was still just water.
Many people over the years have used these verses to describe a canopy layer that surrounded the earth and that it was the canopy layer that collapsed and flooded the earth in the time of Noah. Dr. Humphreys says that Scripture does not support the canopy theory for reasons that will be explained shortly.
Next God takes the formless waters that He separated from the waters above and starts forming the earth into shape and substance as seen in Genesis 1:9-10: God said again, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land, Earth, and he called the gathering together of the waters, Seas: and God saw that it was good.
Skipping past 3, Dr. Humphreys points out some very interesting things that happened on Day 4. In Genesis 1:14-18 we read: And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven, to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years. And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. God then made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made also the stars. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven, to shine upon the earth, And to rule in the day, and in the night, and to separate the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
Here, he points out that God placed the Sun, moon and stars in the firmament that he placed BETWEEN the waters above and the waters below. By stars, it means the visible universe. The waters above are beyond the visible universe. Therefore, there is absolutely no scriptural basis on which to support any notion of a water or vapor canopy ever having surrounded the earth.
More importantly, Dr. Humphreys predicted that since God created the entire universe out of water, it is only logical to expect to find evidence and traces of water throughout the universe. He says that creationists shouldn’t be surprised every time someone reports finding water on a moon, a planet, a comet, an asteroid or anywhere else beyond the earth. Dr. Humphreys, a world renowned scientist, started with the Bible when he began to look at the formation of the universe and so far, science has met most, if not all, of the predictions he has made based upon his understanding of Scripture and knowledge of science.
Thank you NASA for once again using good science to support God’s Word.