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Old 13-11-2009, 06:12 PM   #41
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Paydirt! or paywater as the case may be.

http://www.space.com/scienceastronom...discovery.html

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Based on the measurements, the team estimated about 100 kilograms of water in the view of their instruments — the equivalent of about a dozen 2-gallon buckets — in the area of the impact crater (about 80 feet, or 20 meters across) and the ejecta blanket (about 60 to 80 meters across), Colaprete said.

"I'm pretty impressed by the amount of water we saw in our little 20-meter crater," Colaprete said.


"What's really exciting is we've only hit one spot. It's kind of like when you're drilling for oil. Once you find it one place, there's a greater chance you'll find more nearby," said Peter Schultz, professor of geological sciences at Brown University and a co-investigator on the LCROSS mission.

This water finding doesn't mean that the moon is wet by Earth's standards, but is likely wetter than some of the driest deserts on Earth, Colaprete said. And even this small amount is valuable to possible future missions, said Michael Wargo, chief lunar scientist for Exploration Systems at NASA Headquarters.
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Old 14-11-2009, 12:41 AM   #42
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YeeeeeHaaaa!!! Paydirt indeed! So, who going to start building Eagles?
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Old 14-11-2009, 12:47 AM   #43
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YeeeeeHaaaa!!! Paydirt indeed! So, who going to start building Eagles?


We are gifted by whatever forces there are this natural satellite, only three days away, it has water and helium 3.

Sooner or later, those Eagles are going to be built one day.

I hope I live long enough to see it begin.
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Old 14-11-2009, 02:37 PM   #44
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Me too...This is very exciting news.

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Old 14-11-2009, 04:09 PM   #45
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Have to agree, great news

What if the Apollo astronauts had found this? We might be flying Eagles already!!
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Old 19-11-2009, 05:54 PM   #46
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just so long as the water filters don't break down!

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Old 22-10-2010, 02:56 PM   #47
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More news from the LCross mission. Looks promising!

http://www.astronomynow.com/news/n1010/22lcross/
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Old 23-10-2010, 03:29 AM   #48
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I remember watching the impact live on NASA TV, and then going to work and hearing a couple of dopey local commentators make the dumbest possible comments on the mission (Gee, why don't the astronauts take the water with them?). Happily, it succeeded, and they are off the air!
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