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Moon's water comes in three flavours

Posted on Monday, 29 March, 2010 | Comment icon 15 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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Scientists have so far discovered three different types of water on the moon where once there was thought to be none.

Paul Spudis of the Lunar and Planetary Institute explained: "We have Mini-SAR's thick lenses of nearly pure crater ice, LCROSS's fluffy mix of ice crystals and dirt, and M-cube's thin layer that comes and goes all across the surface of the moon."

"Since the surprise discovery last year of trace amounts of water on the moon, scientists have been redefining their concept of Earth's rocky neighbor."

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Comment icon #6 Posted by psyche101 on 29 March, 2010, 21:56
I don't think we will be stripping the moon of anything anytime soon considering that state of the space program.
Comment icon #7 Posted by MID on 30 March, 2010, 1:05
I am missing your point. Were not we talking About the three types of water being disclosed? And yes, I have been told that there is no such type of thing as three different waters to be found in other cicles. It's one type of water. Three different forms of ice deposits.
Comment icon #8 Posted by the rebirth on 30 March, 2010, 2:44
why the hell dont we have a lunar base yet? i want to see a friggin lunar base. cmonn obama, reconsider slashing nasa's budget!
Comment icon #9 Posted by Astute One on 30 March, 2010, 4:01
"and M-cube's thin layer that comes and goes all across the surface of the moon." And for some reason we didn't see this during any of the Apollo missions? Interesting!
Comment icon #10 Posted by MID on 30 March, 2010, 21:06
"and M-cube's thin layer that comes and goes all across the surface of the moon." And for some reason we didn't see this during any of the Apollo missions? Interesting! Completely logical, actually.
Comment icon #11 Posted by DONTEATUS on 30 March, 2010, 22:50
Man you can lead a man to water,or the Moon but you cant make him Drink it right? Im all on board with you Mid on the Moon water ! We may not even get a chance to Go back In My Life time the way things are Looking. SAD DAY FOR MAN.
Comment icon #12 Posted by MID on 31 March, 2010, 22:40
Man you can lead a man to water,or the Moon but you cant make him Drink it right? Im all on board with you Mid on the Moon water ! We may not even get a chance to Go back In My Life time the way things are Looking. SAD DAY FOR MAN. Things change, D. I get the feeling that by the beginning of next year, we'll start seeing some big changes happening in Washington. Real changes, for the better.
Comment icon #13 Posted by danielost on 31 March, 2010, 23:09
"and M-cube's thin layer that comes and goes all across the surface of the moon." And for some reason we didn't see this during any of the Apollo missions? Interesting! that thin layer probable lays down during the 2 week+ long night and where ever the sun hits during the day sub-melts(wrong word couldnt remember the right one) like dry ice does on earth and mars. Things change, D. I get the feeling that by the beginning of next year, we'll start seeing some big changes happening in Washington. Real changes, for the better. we can only hope, but i wont hold my breath.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 31 March, 2010, 23:27
Things change, D. I get the feeling that by the beginning of next year, we'll start seeing some big changes happening in Washington. Real changes, for the better. We have quite enough threads on President Obama and his plans for NASA, please lets not hijack every thread to discuss them.
Comment icon #15 Posted by MID on 1 April, 2010, 21:07
We have quite enough threads on President Obama and his plans for NASA, please lets not hijack every thread to discuss them. I wasn't Waspie. I was merely addressing a legitimate concern regarding going back to the Moon, and painting a ray of hope for the future.


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