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"People over the years have attributed TLPs to all sorts of effects: turbulence in Earth's atmosphere, visual physiological effects, atmospheric smearing of light like a prism, and even psychological effects like hysteria or planted suggestion," said Columbia University researcher Arlin Crotts.
Using data from decades-old observations, Crotts and colleagues have now found a strong correlation between TLP sightings and regions where lunar orbiting spacecraft have detected gas leaking out from beneath the lunar surface.
Whatever mechanism initiates their release, Crotts suspects that the inert gases will be mixed with others of a more volcanic nature. "This is just speculation, but the prime volcanic suspects would be carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O)," Crotts said.
If lunar outgassing is a source of CO, CO2 or H2O, this could prove useful to future lunar colonies, supplying drinking water and fuel for example and saving billions of dollars in transportation costs.
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Originally posted by Rostam
But it's not a planet...
Originally posted by Dan5647
What should we do then if we don't want to "rape" other planets? There are probably billions upon billions of uninhabited planets/moons out there.
Originally posted by dgtempe
So this is the big news of the day, big enough to appear as "the" story to read on the main page?
Originally posted by anxietydisorder
So the old girl seems to have a bit of a gas problem, and I don't think Beano or Gas-x is gonna stop the flatulence anytime soon.
Originally posted by yuan de Fuca
The moon is our next logical step away from our planet, and any resources we can use there are of value. We can't stay on this one ball of dirt forever.
I hate to hear the word "RAPE" when we consider harvesting materials from another celestial body, and any impact humankind has on the moon will be minimal over the next few hundred years.
Not very many of us are Luddites, and those that are won't be going to the moon.
So I say dig it up, drill into it, and use whatever resources available to create a thriving colony that's not dependent on Earth.
I can't understand why anyone would object to using the moon for whatever mankind needs ?
It's not like we could remove enough material to change it's mass.:shk: