The Moon is just one big frozen Ice ball. Hooray

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  1. iOrlando macrumors 68000

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    NASA has found a 'significant amount' of water on the moon, said Anthony Colaprete, principal investigator for the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite


    this is the most exciting news since 2 hours ago. Ice Fishing coming up...
     
  2. leekohler macrumors G5

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    That is the coolest thing ever. Great news. Good job, NASA!
     
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  4. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Sorry to disappoint you. :)
     
  5. yg17 macrumors G5

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    Damn.

    On the plus side, if you ever go to the moon, there's plenty of ice for making margaritas
     
  6. william sire macrumors regular

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    How can this be? Ice requires oxygen. There is not oxygen on the moon or anywhere else in space as we are able to observe.
     
  7. jmann macrumors 604

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    You could probably do some badass ice skating tricks. :)
     
  8. iOrlando thread starter macrumors 68000

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    is that a fact? ice requires oxygen?

    i would assume the ice was underground....could there be oxygen there? i am not a chemist..and its somewhat difficult to fake one too...
     
  9. yg17 macrumors G5

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    Ice is water and water is H2O which is hydrogen and oxygen.

    But, that oxygen is different than the oxygen in our atmosphere that we breathe, which is O2.
     
  10. IntheNet macrumors regular

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    There's a "significant amount" of water in my basement; I don't see NASA sending a billion dollar expedition there!
     
  11. brad.c macrumors 68020

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    Yay, science!

    How long before MegaCorp™ transports it, bottles it, and sells it in 355mL plastic bottles?
    I guess we have until the Canadian freshwater supplies dry up.

    Okay, I only meant that half sarcastically. Or was that half seriously?

    BTW: How long before there is a thread about somebody spilling Moon Water on their MacBook Pro?
     
  12. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Please tell me you're joking. Water ice has been found on Mars as well as other planets and moons in the solar system.

    http://www.waterencyclopedia.com/Re-St/Solar-System-Water-in-the.html

    Nope- you'll have to clean that up yourself. :rolleyes:
     
  13. rhett7660 macrumors G4

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    I wonder if this is from the latest project they did with Northrup Grumman. I can't remember the name right now. The one where they smashed a rocket into the side of the moon.

    This is going to be good, They wanted this so that they can use the moon as a jump off point for future space flights. Considering a good majority of the gas is used up when the rocket/space shuttle is leaving the earth, this will be a good place to refuel.

    Can't remember why the needed the water etc....... Don't have to time to google it... Something with mixing fuel etc... I think.
     
  14. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Yes- this is a result of that mission.
     
  15. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    yes this is from the LACROSS (?) project in which they basically smashed a rocket into one of the oldest craters on the moon, one that probably hasn't seen the sun in eons (if ever). at least thats what i recall of the mission.

    and this likely would be used to help refuel other missions.

    very exciting news, changes a lot of ideas that we once had.
     
  16. Heilage macrumors 68030

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    Water was created at some point in Earth's history. Also, the moon was created out of bits and pieces of the Earth at one point, according to a popular theory. Whether or not these to coincide or have anything to do with eachother, I don't know.

    However, if such is the case that water was made on the Earth before the Moon was created, then it's a possibility that there is ice on the Moon because of this.


    Remember kids, this is a speculation.
     
  17. gilkisson macrumors 65816

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    Reminds me of a bumper sticker:

    Life imitating art once again.
     
  18. leomac08 macrumors 68020

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    I think we found the home of the 2100 Winter X Games

    and the 2100 Winter Olympics.....:p

    and you think ice skating is boring enough.....wait until you see ice skating with 50% less gravity...........be prepared to see 1080 spins....:D jk
     
  19. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    Well with some solar plants to power it, or nuclear once you have enough water melted to act as coolant. One could separate the Hydrogen and Oxygen to refill the tanks with and have a powerful rocket fuel. Plus the water could make creating a colony easier as you would not need a perfect bio-dome to maintain oxygen and water levels, though it was an awesome movie.
     
  20. plinden macrumors 68040

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    Hmm ... fighting ignorance with ignorance (not an insult - I'm personally ignorant of many things).

    http://astrobiology.nasa.gov/ask-an-astrobiologist/question/?id=56
     
  21. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Guess the big ol cheeseball is suffering a major case of freezer burn.
     
  22. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Pluto not a planet. The moon not made of green cheese. Next thing you'll be telling me is Obama is not a socialist. :p
     
  23. Don't panic macrumors 603

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    you're both kind of right


    this is one of the most recent hi-def pictures from the Nasa website
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    and yes, it's frozen.
     
  24. Heilage macrumors 68030

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    Look, I don't know a whole lot about this, which is why I was very general. My train of thought was this:

    There's water on Earth -> The Moon is created by bits and pieces of the Earth -> Could this have something to do with eachother?

    When it comes to science, I'm happy to be wrong. That's what science is, being proven wrong so we eventually find the correct answer. :)
     

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