WASHINGTON
. A rocket sent crashing into the Moon last year kicked up several hundred pounds of water, silver, mercury and other surprising chemicals, scientists reported Thursday.

The U.S. space agency NASA sent the rocket to the permanently shadowed moon crater Cabeus last October to see what would, literally, pop up.

Several reports published in the journal Science show some surprising findings, including a large amount of water in the form of ice, carbon monoxide, ammonia and the silvery metals.