Water, water, anywhere?
February 27, 2008 6:25 AM Subscribe
We're making another effort to find water on the moon.
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit (25 comments total)
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Beginning in 1964 with the Ranger
spacecraft, we've been lobbing things at poor old Luna. Lately we've been trying to find water there so that future explorers don't have to haul the stuff up the gravity well from Earth.
Water just is not compressible, you see, and we haven’t figured out how to dehydrate it, so we have to bring it with us where we go, reclycling endlessly, or rely on local supplies. The Clementine mission in 1996
gave us reason to think that substantial amounts of H2
O exists locked up in ice at the bottom of craters at the lunar South Pole, where the sun doesn't reach. We tried to find it with the 1998 Lunar Prospector, with inconclusive results
. We're gonna do our best to find out this summer with another lunar smackdown. If water-ice is
there a new era of lunar exploration will commence. Maybe then Google can find that damn monolith.