In pictures: 20 key NASA projects in 2009

From the space shuttle and Mars mission to water on the moon and ice on the Earth, NASA has its hands in a variety of critical projects

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Moon bombers: In one of the wildest experiments NASA has ever undertaken, the agency crashed two satellites into the moon in search of water. NASA's Lunar CRater Observing and Sensing Satellites (LCROSS) took dead aim and crashed into the moon on Oct. 9. The impact of the $80 million LCROSS satellites into the moon was to create what the space agency hopes is an ice-filled debris plume that was analyzed for water content.

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