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Moonbase: In the Dark On Lunar Ice.

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Space engineers have honed in on one possible site for a lunar outpost: the Moon’s south pole. It’s a tactical setting on the rim of Shackleton Crater, a feature some 12 miles (19 kilometers) in diameter. There’s real estate here that basks in near-perpetual sunlight. Also, it’s a region that is a doorway into the depths of always dark, Sun-deprived, territory.

http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/061226_lunar_ice.html

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so, let's just go there. thaw any ices available, which would form a small atmosphere and take it from that.

same thing can be done on Mars, only with greater results, due to Mars already having an atmosphere and water ices and vapor in it's air.

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so, let's just go there. thaw any ices available, which would form a small atmosphere and take it from that.

same thing can be done on Mars, only with greater results, due to Mars already having an atmosphere and water ices and vapor in it's air.

Thawing the ice would not form much of an atmosphere on the moon. If it exists at all there is ice in only a few craters. If thawed it would boil off into space almost immediately.

What it would be useful for is providing water for the astronauts to drink, and using electrolysis, oxygen to breath and hydrogen for fuel. This would significantly reduce the amount of support flights that would be needed to maintain a human presence.

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