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  • Water on the Moon!

    Originally posted by Phil Plait


    NASA finds reservoir of water ice on the Moon!
    submit to reddit . .

    LCROSSNASA has found a significant amount of water ice on the Moon!

    Holy Haleakala!

    On October 9, the LCROSS spacecraft watched as a Centaur rocket booster slammed into the south pole of the Moon, hoping to determine if any water ice exists under the lunar surface. The idea is that over millions of years, comet impacts and other events have brought water to the Moon. Most of it goes away over time, but if any water happens to accumulate at the bottoms of craters at the poles, where the Sun never shines, it can stay put, frozen forever in shadow. By impacting a spacecraft into the Moon, it can eject the ice where it gets hit by raw sunlight. The water breaks down in to hydrogen and a hydroxyl molecule (OH-), which can be directly detected.



    The target crater, Cabeus, has a temperature on its floor of -230 Celsius, cold enough to store ice. The Centaur slammed into it at high speed, making a new crater about 20 meters across and splashing debris over an even bigger area. A plume went up and out of the crater, and it was that tower of ejected material that had the telltale signs of water. The infrared spectrometer on LCROSS definitely detected absorption lines from water, and the ultraviolet spectrometer saw it in emission. Not only that, the emission got stronger with time, which clinches the deal! That’s exactly what you expect by a plume containing water.

    Wow.

    The amount of water they found in the plume was a couple of hundred kilograms in total, but that indicates there is a lot more still lying on the surface. They don’t know how much exactly just yet; NASA wanted to release this news as soon as they were sure they had definite results, but there is still much to do. Where did this water come from? How long has it been there? How accessible is it to future astronauts? These questions and more will, hopefully, be answered in the coming weeks as months as the data are analyzed more thoroughly. So stay tuned. There’s lots more good news to come!
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    Re: Water on the Moon!

    that is pretty cool Siggie, thanks.

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      That water not having seen sunlight in Billions of years is more interesting to me than the actual water itself. It gives it a sort of Time-Capsule-Ish feel. Also, I think it sucks how this isn't bigger news. Doesn't it feel like the whole world should be talking about it a lot more than it is?

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        Originally posted by Muhaha View Post
        That water not having seen sunlight in Billions of years is more interesting to me than the actual water itself. It gives it a sort of Time-Capsule-Ish feel. Also, I think it sucks how this isn't bigger news. Doesn't it feel like the whole world should be talking about it a lot more than it is?
        Not really, I just walk over to the sink, turn on the tap and gallons of water pours out.

        Let me get this straight... NASA errr I mean Northrop Grumman Corporation (which also happens to be the largest military and defense company) was able to crash a satellite into a specific crater on the moon. This impact (which was not an explosion) was able to create a mushroom cloud big enough to send debris out of the crater and over into the sunny side of the moon where (and hold your breath) then the debris broke down into elements as it came into contact with sunlight in which hydroxide ions (not water) were detected by a probe left behind by the satellite that was able to fly thought the large cloud of debris. This was all done remotely, and certainly no help from the fact that the gravity on the moon is 1/6 of that of Earth due to the magnetic forces that keeps the moon perfectly in orbit.

        Had this been a military exercise by a foreign military, they would have seen a mushroom cloud followed by a crater aimed at their "research facilities" for trying to advance themselves militarily
        "Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it." ~Malcolm X

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          Re: Water on the Moon!

          Originally posted by KanadaHye View Post
          Not really, I just walk over to the sink, turn on the tap and gallons of water pours out.

          Let me get this straight... NASA errr I mean Northrop Grumman Corporation (which also happens to be the largest military and defense company) was able to crash a satellite into a specific crater on the moon. This impact (which was not an explosion) was able to create a mushroom cloud big enough to send debris out of the crater and over into the sunny side of the moon where (and hold your breath) then the debris broke down into elements as it came into contact with sunlight in which hydroxide ions (not water) were detected by a probe left behind by the satellite that was able to fly thought the large cloud of debris. This was all done remotely, and certainly no help from the fact that the gravity on the moon is 1/6 of that of Earth due to the magnetic forces that keeps the moon perfectly in orbit.

          Had this been a military exercise by a foreign military, they would have seen a mushroom cloud followed by a crater aimed at their "research facilities" for trying to advance themselves militarily
          They did it with a moving meteor so I am sure they could do it with the moon. But it doesn't matter because NASA's budget is drastically retracted since the moon landings. Where is the funding going? Iraq, Turkey, Israel...most likely all three. Whereas in China the space budget increases year by year. It's only a matter of time till the world's space program is run from China, and NASA is turned into a Museum to fund the war in Iraq.
          Last edited by hipeter924; 11-14-2009, 07:13 AM.

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            I guess in few weeks we’re going to have bottled moon water made in USA by NASA.

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              Re: Water on the Moon!

              Why the hell was my post erased?
              Hayastan or Bust.

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              • #8
                Re: Water on the Moon!

                Originally posted by Haykakan View Post
                Why the hell was my post erased?
                There is a conspiracy to silence those that say the moon landing was a conspiracy because people don't believe in conspiracies
                "Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it." ~Malcolm X

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                  Thats bullxxxx, there is plenty of evidence that it didnt happen and none that it did. The moderating here just blows. Open racists are allowed to spew their venom for weeks before something is done about it yet here they erase legitimate posts with legitimate criticism. Not that i expect perfection from anyone but this is nutts.
                  Hayastan or Bust.

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                    Re: Water on the Moon!

                    Right on...............fire off a projectile at one of the moon craters blasting off debris and taking a spectroanalysis to look for crystallized material from a spacecraft (in this case water, which can equate to fuel).

                    I am strong believer that moon must be used as a launching platform to Mars.
                    B0zkurt Hunter

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