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NASA finds water on moon
11-13-2009, 08:56 PM,
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NASA finds water on moon
Quote:NASA said Friday it had discovered water on the moon, opening "a new chapter" that could allow for the development of a lunar space station.

The discovery was announced by project scientist Anthony Colaprete at a midday news conference. "Indeed, yes, we found water," he said.

The find is based on preliminary data collected when the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, intentionally crashed October 9 into the permanently shadowed region of Cabeus crater near the moon's south pole.

After the satellite struck, a rocket flew through the debris cloud, measuring the amount of water and providing a host of other data, Colaprete said.

The project team concentrated on data from the satellite's spectrometers, which provide the best information about the presence of water, Colaprete said. A spectrometer helps identify the composition of materials by examining light they emit or absorb.

Although the goal of the $79 million mission was to determine whether there is water on the moon, discoveries in other areas are expected as studies progress, Colaprete and other scientists said at the briefing at NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field near San Francisco, California.

"The discovery opens a new chapter in our understanding of the moon," the space agency said in a written statement shortly after the briefing began.

Michael Wargo, chief lunar scientist at NASA headquarters in Washington, said the latest discovery also could unlock the mysteries of the solar system.

He listed several options as sources for the water, including solar winds, comets, giant molecular clouds or even the moon itself through some kind of internal activity. The Earth also may have a role, Wargo said.

"If the water that was formed or deposited is billions of years old, these polar cold traps could hold a key to the history and evolution of the solar system, much as an ice core sample taken on Earth reveals ancient data," NASA said in its statement.

"In addition, water and other compounds represent potential resources that could sustain future lunar exploration."

http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/space/11/13/water.moon.nasa/index.html
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11-13-2009, 09:03 PM,
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RE: NASA finds water on moon
haha hilarious.

i couldn't stop laughing. nasa couldn't find its' own head up its ass.
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11-18-2009, 07:32 AM, (This post was last modified: 11-18-2009, 07:36 AM by sentinel2107.)
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RE: NASA finds water on moon
Seems the LCROSS mission not only discovered gallons of water at the impact site, but very complex organic material show up on the spectrograph. It can be result of past(present??) biological avtivities Cool Source -- Richard Hoagland, in Coast to Coast AM program (Nov 13th, 10pm - 2 am PT)
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11-18-2009, 08:17 AM,
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RE: NASA finds water on moon
As most of you know already the main objective of this mission was not to find water on the moon. India and China had already confirmed that previous to the launch. It did serve to establish military supremacy in space or at the very least allow the US to flex its muscle.

On a related note, and I don't recall the source but I had read a higher up military guy found some documents or computer files listing a fleet that he at first thought were naval deployments and ship captains but later found out were assignments for US military space assets or potentially a fleet of manned patrols or drones. Upon this finding He was quickly shipped out of the country. Can anyone reference this or confirm or deny its validity?
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