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Moon crater has ‘drinkable’ water

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The Moon, at least at the bottom of a deep, dark cold crater near its south pole, seems to be wetter than the Sahara, scientists reported on Friday.

In lunar terms, that is an oasis, surprisingly wet for a place that had long been thought by many planetary scientists to be utterly dry.

If astronauts were to visit this crater, they might be able to use eight wheelbarrows of soil to melt 10 to 13 gallons of water. The water, if purified, could be used for drinking, or broken apart into hydrogen and oxygen for rocket fuel — to get home or travel to Mars.

“That is a very valuable resource,” said Dr Anthony Colaprete, principal investigator of Nasa’s Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite — or Lcross, which made the observations. “This is wetter than some places on earth.” In the lunar crater, which lies in perpetual darkness, the water is in the form of almost pure ice grains mixed in with the rest of the soil, and is easy to extract.
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water seems to be abundent in our solar system i wonder if that is any indication of how much water (the ingreediant needed for life as we know it) there is in the universe.
 

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if there's water on the moon perhaps there are some microbes too.
 

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if there's water on the moon perhaps there are some microbes too.
not IF, there IS water on the moon according to NASA. i say if microbes are found to be there as well that would show that life isn't so unique as we have thought it to be. if life IS that abundant in the universe then the possibility of intelligent life is far higher than we've thought IT to be.
 

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The usefulness of lunar water depends on two factors - its concentration, and its accessibility. If it's scattered too widely, it would end up being prohibitively expensive to gather it. And even if it's heavily concentrated, it's useless if it's so deep or in such inaccessible areas that it would cost too much to reach it. Still, it is hopeful news.
 
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