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The Moon is full of water! Caltech scientists says

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posted on Jul, 30 2010 @ 03:31 AM
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Then again: it's official. Confirmed on the last number of Nature in an article signed from investigators and researchers of California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and of the University of the Tennessee.
On the Moon there is an enormous water amount, or better than hydrated groups legacies inside a lunar mineral - the Apatite. Not simply and lonely molecules but sulphide-saturated melt that contained ~1,600 parts per million H2O!





Untill today it was common opinion that the Moon was lacking in hydrated materials, and instead is not so”, said Robert P. Sharp, university professor of Geology and geochemistry of Caltech.

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Nature 466, 466-469 (22 July 2010) | doi:10.1038/nature09274; Received 11 March 2010; Accepted 16 June 2010
Lunar apatite with terrestrial volatile abundances

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“These results imply that the geologic processes on the Moon are able to at least produce a hydrated compound”, has concluded Eiler. “Recent spectroscopic observations of the Moon have shown that the hydrogen is present on its surface, also in ice water form. But in such case the hydrogen could have arrived from comets or with the solar wind. These last results show instead that the hydrogen is there until from the primordial ages of the history of our satellite.”




posted on Jul, 30 2010 @ 08:12 AM
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I know that it is a somewhat difficult question,.... but wonder to NASA: since that there is the concrete possibility to extract water from the lunar soil enough easily, would be risked to begin to study a lunar Mission for a stable base on the Moon (also small)?

Or we are not allowed to put our feet again on lunar soil?



 
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