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Praise Luna — “Significant” Water Found on Moon

Holy crap, the Moon has a ton of water. 25 gallons were kicked up by the probe that impacted it a month ago. This is huge, huge news, because everyone thought that the Moon was as dry as a bone. I see that various studies predicted this recently. A pessimistic article from from a month ago said "one ton of the top layer of the lunar surface would hold about 32 ounces of water", but now it's looking like a lot more.

Now all we need to do is ship nitrogen and other essential nutrients there in huge amounts using mass drivers, a nuclear cannon, or space elevator, put up a few aerogel-insulated domes, and start partyin'! (Well, maybe not exactly, but water does give us huge amounts of oxygen, which we need to breathe, and hydrogen, which can be used as fuel.) This article from LiveScience has more details.

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  1. Wet as the Sahara’s sand. Just great!

  2. Nice to see that the shadowed craters are much wetter than the Sahara. It really is a lot of water.

    Interesting to note other compounds in the mix to, including organic compounds and other types of chemicals, including probably ammonia and various cyanides (at leastNASA colleague said that me). These latter will give you your nitrogen. So water and fertilizer. Great for growing tomatoes.

    Not that it will be “easy” to extract these. The water is in places colder than Pluto.

    But still, it gives lots of excitement about the Moon, and I’m sure we’ll see follow up. Already rumors of Google upping the ante for the Google Lunar X-Prize.

  3. This water finding doesn’t mean that the moon is wet by Earth’s standards, but is likely wetter than some of the driest deserts on Earth, Colaprete said.

    From the article.

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