Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Water On The Moon

Scientists who retested mineral samples collected during the Apollo moon missions now believe there’s a massive amount of water under the lunar surface – a discovery which may make manned missions to the moon easier than previously thought.

Researchers at Brown University in the US examined glass beads, a type of volcanic crystal gathered during the Apollo 15 and 17 missions in the 1970s, and found they contained similar volumes of water to Earth’s basalt rock.

The leaders of the study, which has been published in Nature Geoscience, cite the parallels as evidence that parts of the moon contain a similarly large amount of water. This, they believe, could be useful for future lunar missions as it means water could potentially be extracted rather than carried from home.

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That's great !!!

But "extracted" how? Current methods require lots of energy, don't they? Where will that come from?

Also, what about an atmosphere? Moon's gravity is too weak to retain a breathable one, right?

And the same side always faces Earth. Are we going to start the moon rotating at a different speed?

I think we've got a long way to go before Jeff Bezos' fantasy moon colony gets built.

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