In an effort to create a big mess, NASA intentionally crashed a rocket named LCROSS into the moon. All the news leading up to the event mentioned the crash being visible from Earth but no such spectacle appeared.The purpose was to create a large dust cloud so it could be analyzed for water ice.
"Even if the LCROSS readings don't turn up evidence of water, that wouldn't necessarily mean the water isn't there", said Michael Bicay, director of science at Ames. "Ice might be distributed unevenly in the crater, and LCROSS might have hit just the wrong place for water."
Don't worry taxpayers; it only cost $79 million. The government will take more of your paycheck for the next crash.