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    'Large amounts' of water on Moon

    Nasa's experiment last month to find water on the Moon was a major success, US scientists have announced.

    The space agency smashed a rocket and a probe into a large crater at the lunar south pole, hoping to kick up ice.

    Scientists who have studied the data now say instruments trained on the impact plume saw copious quantities of water-ice and water vapour.

    One researcher described this as the equivalent of "a dozen two-gallon buckets" of water.

    "We didn't just find a little bit; we found a significant amount," said Anthony Colaprete, chief scientist for the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) mission.

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    October's experiment involved driving a 2,200kg Centaur rocket stage into the 100km-wide Cabeus Crater, a permanently shadowed depression at the Moon's far south.

    At the time, scientists were hoping for a big plume of debris some 10km high which could be seen by Earth telescopes.

    The actual debris cloud was much smaller, about 1.6km high, but sufficiently large to betray the evidence researchers were seeking.

    The near-infrared spectrometer on the LCROSS probe that followed the rocket into the crater detected water-ice and water vapour. The ultraviolet-visible spectrometer provided additional confirmation by identifying the hydroxyl (OH) molecule, which arises when water is broken apart in sunlight.

    "We were able to match the spectra from LCROSS data only when we inserted the spectra for water," Dr Colaprete said.

    "No other reasonable combination of other compounds that we tried matched the observations. The possibility of contamination from the Centaur also was ruled out."


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    Seems like buying a land on the moon would be a wise investment at the present.

    That's quite a big step there towards moon colonization.
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    Re: 'Large amounts' of water on Moon

    Way to make us into parasites - now we have no reasons to care for our own environment, we'll just molest another planet dry.
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    Re: 'Large amounts' of water on Moon

    Ok. Now what?
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    Re: 'Large amounts' of water on Moon

    This just came in, they've found water on Mars as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Ok. Now what?
    LOL

    Well now we just become happy and content with the knowledge that there's water on the moon.

    Duh - *peace all o'er the earth*
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    Re: 'Large amounts' of water on Moon

    A successful bombing mission !!!!


    We declared war on that moon, and it stood no chance. BOOOM !!! It gave up its secrets!

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    Re: 'Large amounts' of water on Moon

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    LOL

    Well now we just become happy and content with the knowledge that there's water on the moon.

    Duh - *peace all o'er the earth*
    Oh, ok. How much did this cost again?...
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    Re: 'Large amounts' of water on Moon

    Know where else there's large amounts of water.....on Earth.
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    Re: 'Large amounts' of water on Moon



    Could it be time?

    10 years late?

    I want one!



    Bet most of you forgot all about that show?

    How nerdy am I?
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