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Old 09-25-2009, 02:59 PM   #1
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Water on the Moon

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Forget that tired old image of the moon as a entirely dry locale, devoid of any moisture. A recent set of discoveries have found that not only is there water on Earth's sole satellite — but the water is everywhere.

Three papers appearing in the upcoming issue of Science Express outline the discovery of pervasive water found clinging to the surface of the moon. Infrared spectroscope measurements from three different space probes have detected absorptions that indicate the presence of water or hydroxyl (which is, itself, a strong indicator for the presence of water) on the the lunar surface, with one model suggesting water makes up a few tenths of a percent by weight in the optical surface. This water is apparently clinging to the moon's surface, rather than being absorbed by dust.

It's hardly a vast lake, and it won't yet support that lunar agricultural colony you've been dreaming of, but it's far more water than scientists ever expected to find on the moon, and it could prove a valuable resource to future lunar visitors. The researchers have also found that the concentration of water is higher toward the poles, lending credence to the theory that larger deposits of water exist near the poles, and researchers note that it's possible we'll continue to find wetter lunar regions in the future.

So where did all this water come from? Although meteors or comets may have periodically brought water to the moon, the prevailing theory among the three papers is that solar winds have carried hydrogen to the moon's surface, where it has bonded with the oxygen in the moon's own dust and produced water.
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Old 10-10-2009, 08:20 AM   #2
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Re: Water on the Moon

Did they found any bunnies?
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Old 10-10-2009, 02:57 PM   #3
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Re: Water on the Moon

All we need to do now is figure out how to make a suitable atmosphere for breathing air and terraform that hoe.
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Old 10-15-2009, 01:10 AM   #4
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Re: Water on the Moon

the moon wont become inhabitable.

it is very interesting that ice was found though. although it doesnt help in any way, still an interesting tidbit.

maybe they will find some micro-organisms there. now that would be something. the first aliens.
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Old 10-15-2009, 01:19 AM   #5
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the moon wont become inhabitable.
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Old 10-15-2009, 02:03 AM   #6
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Re: Water on the Moon

if you took a bunch of stuff from earth and placed it on the moon maybe. like a space station there with a heat source, oxygen source, and other life support systems.

but the moon itself lacks the capacity to hold a livable atmosphere.
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Old 10-15-2009, 03:00 AM   #7
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Re: Water on the Moon

ok.....

freshgrease said something about making a suitable atmosphere on the moon to make it inhabitable. the moon wont be able to hold an atmosphere.

so the moon wont be able to become inhabitable. you can make it artificially inhabitable, but the moon won't become genuinely inhabitable.

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if it was so obvious then why would you ask why??
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Old 10-15-2009, 10:29 AM   #9
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lol silly NASA, they're just looking at that crater i pissed in when I flew to the moon and had a piss stop on the way out to conquer the universe...
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Old 10-15-2009, 01:57 PM   #10
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Yo UD,

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Re: Water on the Moon

if we could create something that could..... create an immense gravitational field, that could hold in gases essential to survival then yeah we could live there. of course we would need other things, but that would be a must.

still it would be an artificial inhabitance. the moon will not become inhabitable by natural processes. unless it somehow beefs up its mass. alot.


nasa didnt discover the water on the moon. india's first mission to the moon and they find ice. the united states first mission to the moon and we left footprints and a flag. aint that a bitch. we went there and couldnt help but fuck it up by littering on that bitch and defacing it with footprints.
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Re: Water on the Moon

we're nowhere near gravity tech... we don't even understand gravity fully. the moon can gain atmosphere, but not to the point of habitability. the atmosphere will be very thin and will have a very short lifespan, due to gasses escaping out of its gravity field easily. as uchidemon said, artificial inhabitance is the only possibility as of now or in the near future.
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Re: Water on the Moon

fuck the moon we should live on mars..... all we need is some temperature control technology and we're good to go. but even that is a long ways away.

although bill gates and co invented something that has the capacity to prevent hurricanes or tsunamis..... i think its tsunamis. a machine that circulates the water shifting the temperatures of the ocean preventing a tsunami. its much more technical than that but thats the jist. oh ya..... first step towards a weather machine. every super villains dream
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Old 10-16-2009, 01:24 AM   #15
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You're all forgetting about SCIENCE!
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