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Water on the Moon

20 March 2010

www.physorg.com id188149607 … it was thought the Moon was the driest place in the solar system – but now we have reports of moon water ‘pouring’ in . Some 600 million metric tons of water distributed in 40 moon craters near the moon’s north pole, have been discovered (possibly conjectural). NASA’s mini-SAR radar imagining instrument onboard India’s Chandrayaan spacecraft is responsible for the turn around in view. In addition, NASA’s LCROSS mission found a mix of ice crystals and dirt (rock and debris) as a thin layer right the way around the surface of the moon. In addition, at a depth of half a metre deep the water ice mix is greater – and includes compounds such as sulphur dioxide, methanol and diacetylene. It just shows that scientists, when they assume, in this instance the idea the moon was dry, fail to notice or search for evidence to the contrary. However, when they looked for water, essential for astronauts in establishing an outpost on the moon, a NASA ambition, they found water – in abundance. The same mind-set might be applied to various other scientific disciplines. For example, if you aren’t looking for electricity in space you won’t find any – and the conventional assumption will remain in play. It is almost certain the WISE mission – which is actively looking for dark and dead comets, will find something of that kind. It’s guaranteed.

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