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 water: Not only was the LCROSS flight successful, in November NASA confirmed just how successful by declaring the experiment showed "significant amounts of water" on the lunar surface. NASA said scientists long have speculated about the source of significant quantities of hydrogen that have been observed at the lunar poles. The LCROSS findings actually confirm the presence of water and are shedding new light on the question with the discovery of water, which could be more widespread and in greater quantity than previously suspected, NASA said.

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