Friday, November 13, 2009

Now We Know that the Man in the Moon Isn't Thirsty

NASA Moon Crash Found 'Significant Amount' of Water - Space | NASA | Solar System | Planets | Shuttle | Astronomy - "It's official: There's water ice on the moon, and lots of it. When melted, the water could potentially be used to drink or to extract hydrogen for rocket fuel.

NASA's LCROSS probe discovered beds of water ice at the lunar south pole when it impacted the moon last month, mission scientists announced today. The findings confirm suspicions announced previously, and in a big way."


Todd Mason said...

One of the less popular models for the Moon's origin is that it was somehow torn out of an ocean basin, or the tear created one. Back in the day before even tv, even. But, of course, it's more likely that most of the water on the Moon's crust has been collected from comets over the eons.

Todd Mason said...

Which, of course, the article gets at:

One key question to answer is where the water came from. Several theories have been put forward to explain the origin of the water, including debris from comet impacts, interaction of the lunar surface with the solar wind, and even giant molecular clouds passing through the solar system, Delory said.

--Somehow, the comets seem the most likely.