Thursday, September 17, 2009

Ice on the Moon?

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft has detected hydrogen on the Moon's south polar region. Could this mean that there is ice or frozen methane on the Moon?



http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/18/science/space/18moon.html

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-sci-moon18-2009sep18,0,3019406.story

http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/60-second-science/post.cfm?id=nasas-moon-orbiter-returns-promisin-2009-09-17

2 comments:

nssphoenix said...

Lets send a mission to Ceres to see if here is water there. If so, it would be the gas station for the entire Solar System.

Marcel F. Williams said...

I'm pretty sure there's plenty of hydrocarbons in the regolith of Ceres. A mass driver could probably launch blocks of ice into orbit for cheap transport by light sail back to L1, L2, L4, or L5.

But that would be a long manned space flight. Living in a regolith shielded biodome under a 1/36 hypogravity environment might be interesting!

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