NASA LCROSS Probe Discovered Large Amounts of Water on Moon!
NASA’s LCROSS moon probe that was intentionally crashed into a dark, shadowed crater last month, did in fact find large quantities of ice. The October 9 crash into the crater Cabeus at the Lunar South Pole by the probe did not send up an expected visible dust plume. For the thousands of people watching live, it was pretty much a disappointment. The sensitive instruments, however, yielded the hoped for information by detecting significant amounts of frozen H2O.
A couple of months ago, India’s Chandrayaan-1 probe, also detected water on the moon, but that was not in a concentrated form, it was widely scattered in the dust and, therefore, not usable. The ice found at Cabeus is concentrated enough to be usable.
If man is to ever establish a lunar base, concentrated areas of ice would be essential as transporting enough water to the moon would be cost prohibitive. Mining the water on the moon for people to use and to even raise food with, is invaluable for any type of permanent base, even with strict rationing and recycling.
Water can even be turned into fuel by harvesting the hydrogen or by making deuterium.
Can you think of the potential sales of “Moon Water”? It could revive the old song, “Moon River”. The tourist industry would include Moon Spas. Even the TV preachers could get involved by hawking “Moon Holy Water”.
While NASA has a tentative plan for returning to the moon by 2012, the funds just plain may not be available with the current administration’s efforts to bankrupt the country.