On second thought, the Moon's water may be widespread and immobile

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On second thought, the Moon's water may be widespread and immobile

Postby Gawdzilla Sama » Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:14 pm

On second thought, the Moon's water may be widespread and immobile

Date: February 23, 2018

Source: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Summary: A new analysis of data from two lunar missions finds evidence that the Moon's water is widely distributed across the surface and is not confined to a particular region or type of terrain.

A new analysis of data from two lunar missions finds evidence that the Moon's water is widely distributed across the surface and is not confined to a particular region or type of terrain. The water appears to be present day and night, though it's not necessarily easily accessible.

The findings could help researchers understand the origin of the Moon's water and how easy it would be to use as a resource. If the Moon has enough water, and if it's reasonably convenient to access, future explorers might be able to use it as drinking water or to convert it into hydrogen and oxygen for rocket fuel or oxygen to breathe.

"We find that it doesn't matter what time of day or which latitude we look at, the signal indicating water always seems to be present," said Joshua Bandfield, a senior research scientist with the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado, and lead author of the new study published in Nature Geoscience. "The presence of water doesn't appear to depend on the composition of the surface, and the water sticks around."

The results contradict some earlier studies, which had suggested that more water was detected at the Moon's polar latitudes and that the strength of the water signal waxes and wanes according to the lunar day (29.5 Earth days). Taking these together, some researchers proposed that water molecules can "hop" across the lunar surface until they enter cold traps in the dark reaches of craters near the north and south poles. In planetary science, a cold trap is a region that's so cold, the water vapor and other volatiles which come into contact with the surface will remain stable for an extended period of time, perhaps up to several billion years.


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Re: On second thought, the Moon's water may be widespread and immobile

Postby ElectricMonk » Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:22 pm

soooo...

Moisture Vaporators?
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Re: On second thought, the Moon's water may be widespread and immobile

Postby Gawdzilla Sama » Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:36 pm

ElectricMonk wrote:soooo...

Moisture Vaporators?

Uncle Owen's moisture farm would be a hit.
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