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After NASA dropped hints about an "exciting new discovery about the Moon", the big news is finally here: the Moon is wet.
🌔 ICYMI... using our @SOFIATelescope, we found water on the Moon's sunlit surface for the first time. Scientists th… https://t.co/UAmjnvsw6g — NASA (@NASA)
Or more precisely, there is water on the sunlit surface of the Moon.
As scientists and astronauts consider the actual implications of these findings, the rest of the world couldn't help but make jokes and share memes about the discovery. (Although, NASA couldn't help but join in on the fun.)
@Twitter H2O? More like H2whoa. — NASA (@NASA)
Some Twitter users, including The Washington Post, used this as an opportunity to reference a viral 2018 tweet about the Moon being haunted, Know Your Meme reported.
Moon's wet. https://t.co/s3VEOULKJz — The Washington Post (@The Washington Post)
nasa employee: oh hey u guys are back early
astronaut: moon's wet
nasa employee: what?
astronaut: *grabs a mop* moon's wet — reni 🦌 (@reni 🦌)
Astronaut, returning to NASA and grabbing a wet suit/snorkel: moon's wet
Astronaut, inflating a unicorn pool floatie: moon's wet — Elle Em (@Elle Em)
And of course, following the popularity of the song “WAP”, there have been plenty of jokes about a “wet a** moon,” also known as “WAM”.
their impact https://t.co/SROEKOSLey https://t.co/goBEjkwwmx — alex (@alex)
Because it’s 2020, the moon is officially a WAP (Wet Astronomical Phenomenon)
https://t.co/yZEBud7LSZ https://t.co/H5zIfZ6LVt — Dr. Sarah Parcak (@Dr. Sarah Parcak)
The news also inspired other song parodies:
I see the wet moon a-rising
I see trouble on the way
I see moonquakes and frackin'
I see bad times today
Don't go… https://t.co/15LZ1ciLmN — Kelsey D. Atherton (@Kelsey D. Atherton)
Audrey Hepburn singing 'Moon River' in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" finally makes sense.
There was some mild disappointment:
WHAT DO WE WANT?
WHAT DID WE GET?
A bit more water on the moon than NASA expected — I run a club night called Schpunk (@I run a club night called Schpunk)
People wanted to drink the 'moon juice'.
im going to drink the moon liquid — Kelly Weill (@Kelly Weill)
NASA announces the Moon's craters are just filled to the effing brim with pamplemousse La Croix. I'm on the next flight. — Lindsey Adler (@Lindsey Adler)
i have drunk
that was on
you were probably
it was ref… https://t.co/Hm36Galnlo — jonny sun (@jonny sun)
When you gotta get the water from the Moon https://t.co/rxjByMgprD — R. Eric Thomas (@R. Eric Thomas)
What’s the big deal about moon water? Michigan found that years ago. https://t.co/CjuYhtDZR2 — Chris Vannini (@Chris Vannini)
Even though nothing compares to NYC water:
i bet the water on the moon tastes like shit compared to nyc tap water. new york greatest city in da universe baby!!!!! — mattie (@mattie)
Others were less impressed:
who cares if there is water on the moon? you know where else there is water? in my hydroflask, bitch. and it’s cold! — Dana Donnelly (@Dana Donnelly)
Don't forget this hilarious fun fact:
My favorite part about this article is that it says the USSR discovered water on the moon in 1976 and we just told… https://t.co/CkLz4FqLF3 — #HonkHonk (@#HonkHonk)
There were also many joking references to the likely privatisation of the finding.
water on the moon, you say https://t.co/D9wQHTw0QI — Sarah Jones (@Sarah Jones)
astronomers: there is water on the moon
Nestle Corporation: https://t.co/GigCfvB0Lu — Wild Freaks (@Wild Freaks)
Capitalists after finding out there's water on the moon #moon #NASA https://t.co/GZW4vFDeZn — ghostpop 🤍 (@ghostpop 🤍)
NASA: “we found water on the moon; not sure yet if we can use it as a resource”
The moon: https://t.co/0trB4LC3vd — Tom Zohar (@Tom Zohar)
Nestlé on their way to steal all the water from the Moon 30 seconds after it was discovered. https://t.co/gKb1nRjYIN — 🐯 Tiger Tiger Burning Bright 🎆 (@🐯 Tiger Tiger Burning Bright 🎆)
Goodbye to rich people though:
There’s water all over the moon.
Which means it’ll be feasible for rich people to move/visit there.
Which means w… https://t.co/irYZs86pcm — Graham Stark (@Graham Stark)
There was this epic crossover episode:
The moon: https://t.co/d9M5f11zat — RuPaul's Drag Race UK vs The World (@RuPaul's Drag Race UK vs The World)
And even the moon is reminding us to hydrate:
If the moon can hydrate so can you — Twitter (@Twitter)
Even the moon is telling us to drink water https://t.co/QTPzdkjqKu — 𝙸/𝙴. 𝙽𝙰𝚃𝙴 𝚁𝚄𝙴𝙶𝙶𝙴𝚁 - 𝙿𝚁𝙴𝚂𝙴𝙽𝚃 🧛 (@𝙸/𝙴. 𝙽𝙰𝚃𝙴 𝚁𝚄𝙴𝙶𝙶𝙴𝚁 - 𝙿𝚁𝙴𝚂𝙴𝙽𝚃 🧛)
This actual ‘Jaws 2’ trailer.
oh sure u all think it's fun and games now that theres water on the moon but lets see how u feel when the moon shar… https://t.co/LiopKfGYcJ — thomas 🍌 (@thomas 🍌)
Did Harry Styles actually make the discovery?
This well-timed Marvel-moon crossover:
now the moon is REALLY wet https://t.co/LfikSfufUz — Mollie Goodfellow (@Mollie Goodfellow)
Shout out to the Moon for giving us some refreshing news.