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#16    R0bby

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Posted 03 October 2001 - 10:38 PM

The moon is an attractive place to launch rockets from into deep space. Because of the gravity being 6 times smaller than Earth's gravity. But is there water in the Moon's core, and how much?

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Posted 08 October 2001 - 12:41 AM

Yes there's water on the moon.
The $63 million Lunar Prospector spacecraft that was launched January 6, found water on the moon, March 6, the same year. NASA who confirmed the news at 10 pm estimate somewhere between 2,6 billion and 80 billion gallons of frozen water on the moon, which equals about 11 million and 330 million tons.
The cataclysmic collision that created the moon out of the Earth boiled off every drop of moisture that might have been there. So how did the water get there? Over millions of years, comets, which are essentially dirty snowballs, crashed into the moon, bringing water there. But in most places, the water has long since evaporated away, only near the poles, where temperatures can dip to minus 270 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Posted 08 October 2001 - 04:44 PM

The question was is there water in the moon's core. Most scientists agree that the moon's core is made up mostly of iron, like earth's core. However, as Dakoda pointed out, there is water on the surface in the form of ice. Most scientist's aren't in agreement as to the amount of water.

The north and south poles of the Moon may contain up to six billion metric tons of water ice, a more than ten-fold increase over previous estimates, according to scientists working with data from NASA's Lunar Prospector mission. Growing evidence now suggests that water ice deposits of relatively high concentration are trapped beneath the soil in the permanently shadowed craters of both lunar polar regions. The researchers believe that alternative explanations, such as concentrations of hydrogen from the solar wind, are unlikely.

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