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Thursday, October 29, 2020

NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) has confirmed, for the first time, water on the sunlit surface of the Moon. This discovery indicates that water may be distributed across the lunar surface, and not limited to cold, shadowed places.

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SOFIA has detected water molecules (H2O) in Clavius Crater, one of the largest craters visible from Earth, located in the Moon's southern hemisphere. Previous observations of the Moon's surface detected some form of hydrogen, but were unable to distinguish between water and its close chemical relative, hydroxyl (OH). Data from this location reveal water in concentrations of 100 to 412 parts per million " roughly equivalent to a 12-ounce bottle of water " trapped in a cubic meter of soil spread across the lunar surface. The results are published in the latest issue of Nature Astronomy.

"We had indications that H2O " the familiar water we know " might be present on the sunlit side of the Moon," said Paul Hertz, director of the Astrophysics Division in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "Now we know it is there. This discovery challenges our understanding of the lunar surface and raises intriguing questions about resources relevant for deep space exploration."

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Water + soil + light make grapes.
Grapes + time make wine.
Wine + cheese make a good time.

#1 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-10-29 04:59 PM | Reply

Water separates into hydrogen and oxygen. Rocket fuel.

#2 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2020-10-29 05:24 PM | Reply

Wine can be produced on the moon.
The moon is made of cheese.
That's 1/2 of any standard charcuterie board setup.

#3 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-10-29 05:57 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Wine can be produced on the moon.
The moon is made of cheese.
That's 1/2 of any standard charcuterie board setup.

#3 | Posted by GOnoles92

You've almost got it.

My great grand nephews and nieces may be able to live on the moon and enjoy wine and cheese - and crackers - entirely locally sourced.

As long as we can stamp out the Trumptardian scourge and get on with human advancement, that's a possibility.

I think that's pretty awesome, although we could have done it 30 years ago if it weren't for...well, you know.

Or maybe you don't.

#4 | Posted by billy_boy at 2020-10-31 07:36 PM | Reply

"I think that's pretty awesome, although we could have done it 30 years ago if it weren't for...well, you know."

#4 | Posted by billy_boy

Yeah. Biden. 47 years in office and for what?

#5 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2020-11-01 12:20 AM | Reply

Or maybe you don't.

And HRat answers that question...

#6 | Posted by YAV at 2020-11-01 12:24 AM | Reply

Yeah. Biden. 47 years in office and for what?

#5 | POSTED BY HELIUMRAT

That question has become the new idiot flag.

#7 | Posted by jpw at 2020-11-01 10:03 AM | Reply

Yeah. Biden. 47 years in office and for what?
#5 | POSTED BY HELIUMRAT
That question has become the new idiot flag.
#7 | POSTED BY JPW AT 2020-11-01 10:03 AM

I believe the implication is the old lie "we don't have any interest in lunar exploration" has worn so thin.

#8 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2020-11-01 10:36 AM | Reply

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