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Water on the Moon? Not what we expected


Of course, that would make Moon bases a more plausible idea:

A pair of papers published by the journal Nature detail the discovery, which was made using NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA).

Using SOFIA, the team identified liquid water’s unique fingerprint near the southern pole of the Moon. It’s not there as “puddles of water,” as Casey Honniball, postdoctoral fellow at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and lead author of one of the studies, described during a live stream, but spread out molecules of H2O.

It’s also not an awful lot of water: about 12 liquid ounces in a cubic meter of soil. It might also be quite tricky to extract as it’s completely mixed in with the soil.

The scientists suggest the water could have come through either the solar winds, or from impacting micrometeorites that may have contained water on their own.

The second paper found that the Moon is dotted with “billions” of tiny craters, creating shadowed regions all over its surface. The researchers concluded that these regions are technically cold enough to hold frozen ice.

Victor Tangermann, “NASA’s Big Moon Surprise Is That Lunar Soil Contains Water” at Futurism

Both this paper and this one are open access.

Like we said earlier, time to dust off the ID idea that Earth is fine-tuned for space discovery.

I would think that the age of the earth and moon would depend on how they were formed. Diamonds, once said to take 1 to 3+ billion years to form can now be made in a lab in days. ET
Like we said earlier, time to dust off the ID idea that Earth is fine-tuned for space discovery. Maybe time to dust off the idea that the moon is young. Latemarch
What we need is to transfer our consciousness to mechanical bodies that don't require all the life support resources of our biological ones. Seversky
It is nothing more than a rehash of what has been known about ice on the moon for over a decade. BobRyan
Lots of ordinary plants and animals manage to extract water that's mixed with the soil or frozen. Nothing special. polistra
Sooooooooo comets, comets seems like a real plausible scenario AaronS1978

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