I just recently read an article that tells about the recent trip to the moon. It says that the astraunants on the mission actually found water on the moon. And not just a little, but gallons.
(CNN) — NASA said Friday it had discovered water on the moon, opening “a new chapter” that could allow for the development of a lunar space station.
The discovery was announced by project scientist Anthony Colaprete at a midday news conference.
“I’m here today to tell you that indeed, yes, we found water. And we didn’t find just a little bit; we found a significant amount” — about a dozen, two-gallon bucketfuls, he said, holding up several white plastic containers.
The find is based on preliminary data collected when the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, intentionally crashed October 9 into the permanently shadowed region of Cabeus crater near the moon’s south pole.
After the satellite struck, a rocket flew through the debris cloud, measuring the amount of water and providing a host of other data, Colaprete said.
The project team concentrated on data from the satellite’s spectrometers, which provide the best information about the presence of water, Colaprete said. A spectrometer helps identify the composition of materials by examining light they emit or absorb.
I think this is absolutely revolutionary. This discovery is one of the more interesting scientific events that I think I’ve ever heard of. This leads me to wonder if they have thought about finding a way to determine if there is any water on any of the other foreign planets. The fact that they are talking about the possibility of a lunar space station that is based on the presence of moon water is extremely interesting. This also leads me to wonder if that water is safe to drink or if it contains some foreign space poisons or diseases.
Also from the article:
Michael Wargo, chief lunar scientist at NASA headquarters in Washington, said the latest discovery also could unlock the mysteries of the solar system.
He listed several options as sources for the water, including solar winds, comets, giant molecular clouds or even the moon itself through some kind of internal activity. The Earth also may have a role, Wargo said.
“If the water that was formed or deposited is billions of years old, these polar cold traps could hold a key to the history and evolution of the solar system, much as an ice core sample taken on Earth reveals ancient data,” NASA said in its statement.
“In addition, water and other compounds represent potential resources that could sustain future lunar exploration.”