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[Discovery] Water Found on the Moon

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Shattering a long-held belief that Earth's moon is a dead and dry world, a trio of spacecraft uncovered clear evidence of water and hydrogen-oxygen molecules throughout the lunar surface.
"There's no question that there is OH [hydroxyl, which is made up of one hydrogen atom and one oxygen atom] and H2O on the moon," University of Maryland senior research scientist Jessica Sunshine told Discovery News.
"It's still pretty damn dry, drier than anything we have here. But we've found this dynamic, ongoing process and the moon was supposedly dead," she said. "This is a real paradigm shift."
Aside from scientific interest, finding water on the moon could impact plans for eventual human settlements beyond Earth, said geologist Paul Spudis, with the Houston-based Lunar and Planetary Institute.
"It's a potential resource," Spudis told Discovery News. "If you think there's a long-term future in space, at some point you have to learn to use what you find in space to make new capabilities."
Scientists have suspected water could exist inside deep craters at the moon's poles that are never exposed to sunlight. The new research is surprising because it found chemical bonds between hydrogen and oxygen throughout the lunar surface. The concentrations appear denser near the polar regions.
How much water and hydroxyl is on the moon and where it came from remains a mystery.

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The actual source is old, here is probably the one I should have posted, which related to it.

http://news.discovery.com/space/moon-water-solar-wind-121015.html#mkcpgn=rssnws1

Edited by lordikon - 10/15/12 at 1:11pm
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Very interesting; though, without enough gravity, there could never be an atmosphere there.
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Very interesting; though, without enough gravity, there could never be an atmosphere there.

At least a dense one. The moon technically has a trivial atmosphere.
I'd like to see a dome-type settlement built on the moon.
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Very interesting; though, without enough gravity, there could never be an atmosphere there.

plus there are nazi moon bases to contend with
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Where it came from is a mystery...hmmm...doubtful...maybe nasa should really tell us what else is on the darkside of the moon....such as the alien moon base!!!!





Alien Moon Base Captured By Chinas Chang'e-2 Orbiter INTERESTING STUFF!!
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At least a dense one. The moon technically has a trivial atmosphere.
I'd like to see a dome-type settlement built on the moon.
It would actually be easier in my opinion to dig a deep cave on the moon. Once you dig into more solid rock, the cave will hold the atmosphere in. That lowers your decompression dangers. Also micro-meteor strikes could damage a dome. Place solar collectors over the hole to pipe in the sun using fiberoptic cables and use solar panels to power the facility, but the exposure to vacuum needs to be minimized.
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Where it came from is a mystery...hmmm...doubtful...maybe nasa should really tell us what else is on the darkside of the moon....such as the alien moon base!!!!
Alien Moon Base Captured By Chinas Chang'e-2 Orbiter INTERESTING STUFF!!

sorry us earthicans are not allowed on the DSOTM!
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Where it came from is a mystery...hmmm...doubtful...maybe nasa should really tell us what else is on the darkside of the moon....such as the alien moon base!!!!

Alien Moon Base Captured By Chinas Chang'e-2 Orbiter INTERESTING STUFF!!

Lol. This.

Well, there could be something on the other side, considering the fact that only one face of the moon actually faces earth. We don't see the opposite face at all.
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The water on the moon was used to watercool their systems.
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