The latest report reaching CNI News came from the Houston Chronicle, dated February 19, 1998. In that report, Alan Binder, chief scientist for the mission, was quoted as saying "We are getting fairly certain of our findings."
But he would not say what the findings were. "The only advice I can give you is don't believe the rumors either way," Binder told reporters.
By some accounts, there may be billions of tons of water ice on the moon, primarily at the south pole. Such a find would dramatically improve prospects for establishing a permanent scientific station on the moon during the coming decade, and could lead in the longer term to various commercial enterprises as well.
But Binder said NASA was being "very cautious" about its findings and would not announce them until they were certain.
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