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NASA Instruments Reveal Water Molecules on Lunar Surface

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posted on Sep, 27 2009 @ 10:35 AM
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NASA Instruments Reveal Water Molecules on Lunar Surface


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The confirmation of elevated water molecules and hydroxyl at these concentrations in the moon's polar regions raises new questions about its origin and effect on the mineralogy of the moon. Answers to these questions will be studied and debated for years to come.

"Water ice on the moon has been something of a holy grail for lunar scientists for a very long time," said Jim Green, director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "This surprising finding has come about through the ingenuity, perseverance and international cooperation between NASA and the India
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posted on Sep, 27 2009 @ 10:35 AM
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So, after India's probe found water, NASA finally decided to reveal its findings?

I doubt that NASA has JUST found water by mere coincidence. They probably knew about the potential of microorganisms on the moon a long long time ago.


For additional confirmation, scientists turned to the Epoxi mission while it was flying past the moon in June 2009 on its way to a November 2010 encounter with comet Hartley 2. The spacecraft not only confirmed the VIMS and M3 findings, but also expanded on them.


So after all this time...

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posted on Sep, 27 2009 @ 11:07 AM
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Originally posted by die_another_day
So, after India's probe found water, NASA finally decided to reveal its findings?

I doubt that NASA has JUST found water by mere coincidence. They probably knew about the potential of microorganisms on the moon a long long time ago.


It's all about disclosure.

As many people have probably correctly guessed by now, water in all probability is not rare in the universe. Comets and things help us understand that. So, water is not rare, and water also probably means life of some kind. And life of some kind being discovered elsewhere is disclosure, even with micro-organisms, like in 1996 or so, when they declared Life found on Mars! They later retracted that.

But basically, to admit to water throughout the universe, and small life forms and amino acids on comets and asteroids, and that they have found many building blocks of life in strange places, it would force them to disclose or admit aliens exist. And when they do it may cause at the least, loss of control for them, at the most, a holy war among religions.



posted on Sep, 27 2009 @ 11:07 AM
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AS you can see, this is not breaking news, it's from September 24 and already discussed on ATS in several threads.

And the Indian mission found water with a NASA experiment, if I am not mistaken.



posted on Sep, 27 2009 @ 12:17 PM
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Thanks for the post, OP.

I for one am sick and tired of hearing and seeing what robotic probes do.

Sending a robotic probe to the moon is like throwing a message in a bottle into the ocean. Pathetic, when you have the tech to build an aircraft carrier and put boots on the ground on the other side of the pond.

"Oooh, it might cost x-amount of money (what is money, anyway) to build three caravelles and discover America. Let's just send a message in a bottle instead".

If ALL the money WASTED by NASA over the decades on probes and bureaucrats and 'teaching gradeschoolers about places they can never go'--had been spent Aldrin's way- ON HUMAN SPACE FLIGHT- there would be civilian colonies on the moon.

Oooh, let's be safe. Let's sit on our fat bums and play x-box with the moon (see next post).

Only the bold who dare, win.

All these petty national efforts need to be harnessed into one truly powerful international space agency dedicated to putting actual living human colonies on other worlds ASAP.

Anything less is nothing except the pathetic whining of a species nearing extinction.

[edit on 27-9-2009 by Chakotay]



posted on Sep, 27 2009 @ 12:59 PM
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^^ Aldrin's Way ??

Human spaceflight is more dangerous, much more expensive and needlessly controversial compared to sending a robotic probe that can do pretty much all the work humans can do, cheaper, more safely and with much less political baggage than Human programs.

Humans will have to learn to go to space someday but technologically we still have a long long way to go. The present technology of chemical rockets is just not enough to do any safe interplanetary missions.

Having colonies on the moon is also not really necessary or profitable because any H3 found would not be able to cover the costs of running and maintaining the operation there.

Only in the next 50 to 100 years will humanity be in a position to really explore our Solar system with human space flight . All other efforts will be monumental challenges and pretty resource intensive.




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