Friday, September 25, 2009

Water found on the Moon!

Though it is far drier than any Earth based desert, new observations from three different spacecraft have "unambiguous evidence" of water across the surface of the moon. This according to an article in sent in by Shaun Saunders.

The new findings, of lunar polar water, are detailed in the Sept. 25 issue of the journal Science are back by evidence of lunar polar water ice by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Further evidence should be available in just a few weeks when the planned lunar impact of NASA's LCROSS satellite. LCROSS will hit one of the permanently shadowed craters at the moon's south pole in hope of churning up evidence of water ice deposits in the debris field.

Researchers are not saying that there are vast quantities of ice - One ton of the top layer of the lunar surface would hold about 32 ounces of water, but finding water on the moon would be a boon to possible future lunar bases, acting as a potential source of drinking water and fuel..

Yahoo news article from Tim

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