The Brief: On Monday, NASA announced that they had discovered water on the sunlit surface of the moon, and memes about the news quickly followed.
After teasing that new information would be leaked about Earth’s moon, NASA announced on Monday that they had confirmed that there is water on the sunlit surface of the moon. While scientists consider the more academic implications of these findings, many non-scientists are tweeting and sharing memes with their own personal takes on the discovery that the moon is wet.
There's water on the moon folks pic.twitter.com/cqcIBjQSHb
— Killian Sundermann (@killersundymann) October 26, 2020
As Know Your Meme reported, some Twitter users, including The Washington Post, used this as an opportunity to reference a 2018 tweet about the moon being haunted, saying “moon’s wet” instead of the original “moon’s haunted.”
nasa employee: oh hey u guys are back early
astronaut: moon's wet
nasa employee: what?
astronaut: *grabbing a bucket and a mop and getting back on the rocket-ship* moon's wet
— eric van helsing (@seamoosi) October 26, 2020
Following the popularity of the song “WAP,” this summer, there have been dozens of jokes about a “wet a** moon,” also known as WAM.
Because it’s 2020, the moon is officially a WAP (Wet Astronomical Phenomenon)https://t.co/yZEBud7LSZ pic.twitter.com/H5zIfZ6LVt
— Scary Parcak 👻🎃 (@indyfromspace) October 26, 2020
The news also inspired other song parodies like “Wet Moon Rising.”
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 to space tonight
Well it still doesn't have life
There's a wet moon on the rise
— Kelsey D. Wratherton (@AthertonKD) October 26, 2020
this finally explains the song "moon river"
— Liz, A Soft Ghost (@lizcsommer) October 26, 2020
Many people shaaared their desire to drink the moon water, which included references to the wellness brand Moon Juice, the sarcophagus liquid meme from 2018, trendy seltzer, and more.
im going to drink the moon liquid
— Kelly Weill (@KELLYWEILL) October 26, 2020
i have drunk
that was on
you were probably
it was refreshing
and so cold
— jonny sun wrote a new book! (@jonnysun) October 26, 2020
When you gotta get the water from the Moon pic.twitter.com/rxjByMgprD
— R. Eric Thomas (@oureric) October 26, 2020
tired: drinking the sarcophagus juice
wired: drinking the moon crater water
inspired: making a cocktail with the mummy juice and literal moonshine
— Hayes Brown (@HayesBrown) October 26, 2020
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 (@lindseyadler) October 26, 2020
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Making plans to mine the Moon's water & bottle for sale in 2023!!! pic.twitter.com/1qzo2oQj5S
— KEEM 🍿 (@KEEMSTAR) October 26, 2020
What’s the big deal about moon water? Michigan found that years ago. pic.twitter.com/CjuYhtDZR2
— Chris Vannini 😷 (@ChrisVannini) October 26, 2020
A reference to Nestle’s privatization of water:
astronomers: there is water on the moon
Nestle Corporation: pic.twitter.com/GigCfvB0Lu
— Rhodo Undeadron (@Rrhododendron) October 26, 2020
My favorite part about this article is that it says the USSR discovered water on the moon in 1976 and we just told them they didn't https://t.co/GFmlJINfcC
— Čöłęÿ Mīçk (@ColeyMick) October 26, 2020
— 🦅Crypto Horse🦅 (@Crypto_Horse28) October 26, 2020
i bet the water on the moon tastes like shit compared to nyc tap water. new york greatest city in da universe baby!!!!!
— matt (@Lubchansky) October 26, 2020
Although it’s unlikely that we’ll be drinking the moon water anytime soon, this news and the wet moon memes that followed were a refreshing addition to the 2020 news cycle.