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Water on the moon

Discussion in 'Astronomy & Astrophotography' started by Skywatcher, Nov 14, 2009.

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    The LCROSS Lunar Impact project has proven there are significant amounts of water at the lunar Southern Pole Nasa announced.

    This could be potentially huge for several reasons with regard to us going back to the moon and for long term stays on the moon

    It could be drunk, changed into breathable O2 or even converted into hydrogen and oxygen for rocketfuel for ongoing flights to Mars in the future

    It is also proof of water outside our planet and opens more questions about extraterrestrial life.

    I appreciate its pretty :geekon: but I found it very interesting and exciting. Patrick Moore said there was no chance of them finding any ! but the one impact threw up many gallons apprently!

    I forget the cost of gettinga glass of water to the ISS but its a huge amount

    I'm sure this will further strengthen the Ares / Constellation programme.

    It is my honest hope that space exploration and travel will in some way have a positive impact on interational relations ; I wasn't alive when Armstrong set foot on the moon, but I imagine it was one of only a few moments in history when the world was united , even if just for a few minutes; I honestly believe when we go back people will feel the same. I know its a bit star trek - bu its amazing how may astronauts have had life changing epiphonies when looking at Earth from space, battle hardened marines brought to tears by the fragility of the earth they see below and the futility of the wars being faught down there - fleas arguing over who owns the dog.

    Anyway - anyone who thinks astronomy is a dead subject needs to think again there are things being found every day! - the NASA app Brit suggested is great and the RSS feeds update very regulalry to make you feel part of it all :)
     
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    Hey Google are honouring you today Skywatcher, have you seen?
     
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    [​IMG]

    Someone was quick with that graphic :D
     
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    Ummmm... how do we know it was water, and not some other liquid? :unsure:
     
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    It`s a good job they didn`t find any oil there or it could have opened up yet another arena for conflict!
     
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    Spectrographs and other fancy sensors can tell you exactly the composition of gases and minerals using clever science. They do it on places muchfurther away like exo planets!!!!
     
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    I hadn't thought of that but wow, just imagine it
     
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    That is very cool - they've long suspected it - but now can confirm!

    As Skywatcher said that's one valuable resource right there! :yes:

    :geekon: right along with you!
     
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    Oil would mean dinosaurs which would be beyond awesome
     
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    Well, as long as they were scientifically able to determine it was water.

    Oil! That would be wicked! :mental: Just imagine how much discovery and exploration that would open up! :mental:
     
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    :wave::taunt: BTW Skywatcher, you are a baby aren't you if you weren't even born in 1969!!! :yes:
     
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    I don't feel itsonetimes if that helps
     
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    :hide: Aliens!

    I like to think we are the only things out there!
     
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    Having been able to see the Aries-1X rocket sat on it's launch pad 3 weeks ago, I can only hope that the plug isn't pulled on Nasa's budget and they are able to push on with a return to the moon.
     
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    It will happen have no fear ;)
     
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    Did anyone see last nights Dr. Who! Let's hope the water on the moon isn't as malevolent ;)
     
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    That was soooooo dark, what an awesome piece of acting at the end - he is making it VERY hard for the next chap
     
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    best one I've seen in a long time! :yes: he's been incredible and will be a really hard act to follow
     

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