posted on Jul, 26 2010 @ 11:28 PM
reply to post by Snarf
Majority of the "water" is locked up in the minerals, in the rocks.
I haven't checked lately, but I will surmise that there isn't any ice sitting around on the surface, either....but, no one was expecting that.
Ice won't last long, if exposed to vacuum...it sublimates pretty quickly.
Ever seen frozen CO2?? AKA "dry ice".
SO....yes, there exists the molecular signs (H2O) but not in a readily usable form, because of the environment.
BUT, that is good news, for someday there WILL be activity up there, to include a base of some sort. It is inevitable, and logical, in efforts to
eventually keep exploring space. We are lucky, as a planet, to have that platform so handy and nearby.
It WILL be expensive, prohibitively at first, in this current political climate (in the US, anyway). Will probably take some sort of
commercial/private enterprise, with a profit motive to invest into the initial infrastructure.
An international consortium, maybe...no one entity is likely to take the financial risks.....