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39 Responses to Billions of Gallons of Water on the Moon?

  1. Profile photo of cobrakiller
    cobrakiller Male 18-29
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    October 22, 2010 at 6:26 am
    Link: Billions of Gallons of Water on the Moon? - NASA estimates enough water on the moon to fill 1500 olympic swimming pools, in a single crater.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    October 23, 2010 at 7:03 am
    Nice to know, but since we aren`t going back there who cares?
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    SwayzeCrazy4 Male 13-17
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    October 23, 2010 at 7:12 am
    Step 1: Bottle
    Step 2: Distribute at a fair price
    Step 3: Profit
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    October 23, 2010 at 7:14 am
    Obama was an idiot for for canceling the Orion program. With that much water, In just that one crater, on the moon we could setup a base there much easier. We have just barely scratched the surface of our moon, We don`t really know what is under the surface and We could find some very useful material.
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    gorgack2000 Male 13-17
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    October 23, 2010 at 7:16 am
    Three posts in and someone`s already bought politics into this.

    BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES
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    Monosandalos Male 30-39
    277 posts
    October 23, 2010 at 7:17 am
    Pool party on the moon, yay! Diving into a pool at 1/6 normal gravity should be fun... oh wait...
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    bobhub600 Male 13-17
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    October 23, 2010 at 7:27 am
    They could build a Nuclear Fusion Power plant on the moon and use the water on the moon as fuel,(Although I`m not sure if it would work the same in lower gravity) and then use it to power a space station and make Trips to Mars and possibly other planets easier!
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    dragosal Male 18-29
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    October 23, 2010 at 7:34 am
    @SwayzeCrazy4

    you mean
    step 1: get water
    step 2: ????
    step 3: PROFIT!
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    a1butcher Male 40-49
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    October 23, 2010 at 8:15 am
    I can`t wait to try a bottle of tasty Moon Water.
    Hmmm, I wonder if it tastes a little like cheese.
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    MildCorma Male 18-29
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    October 23, 2010 at 8:34 am
    In b4:

    BUT WAIT HOW CAN WE GET TO IT IF WE NEVER LANDED ON THE MOON
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    LtFurpie Male 30-39
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    October 23, 2010 at 9:01 am
    I`s so dissapointed that we didn`t see this earlier... Moon has a "monthly" cycle. Retains huge amounts of water... Women have a "monthly" cycle... Anyone with me so far??? DONT PISS OFF THE MOON!!! Obama needs to send some Ben & Jerry`s it`s way and let it`s know that those craters don`t make it look big. No one bring up our horizon, that thing looks HUGE when it`s sitting on our horizon!
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    Sohltofangy Male 18-29
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    October 23, 2010 at 9:38 am
    I`d need to see the actual math they put behind this. What are they basing this on? Just because they found one crater with water on it?

    That`s like saying because we found one beach ball on the beach, there must be Thousands of them.
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    Altaru Male 18-29
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    October 23, 2010 at 9:45 am
    Obama was an idiot for for canceling the Orion program. With that much water, In just that one crater, on the moon we could setup a base there much easier.
    Yeah... Instead, they`re trying to turn it into an amusement park for the insanely rich...

    Seriously, if they`re going to do that, why not just turn it into a fully privatized industry? I`m sure the people would be willing to provide funding for a vacation to space, and with private funding NASA could choose (more-or-less) for itself what it wants to do and where it wants to go, as opposed to being constrained to what the government budget says it can do...
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    October 23, 2010 at 9:46 am
    I would he highly disappointed of our species if we never build a telescope in the far side hemisphere of the moon
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    Monosandalos Male 30-39
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    October 23, 2010 at 9:53 am
    @Sohltofangy:

    Actually the title of the posting on IAB is wrong. In the article they say:
    "the NASA Ames Research Center calculates there could be 1 billion gallons of water in the crater that was hit — enough to fill 1,500 Olympic-sized swimming pools"
    That`s based on the estimate of the "41 gallons of ice and vapor" they found in the plume that was created by the experiment.

    It`s all estimation and extrapolation but the billion gallons is for that crater only, not the moon as a whole as the IAB post title suggests.
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    October 23, 2010 at 9:56 am
    vv Quite right Monosandalos, fix`d.
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    DickenMcHunt Male 18-29
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    October 23, 2010 at 10:20 am
    I am one step closer to constructing a secret moon base.
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    MonoBrow Male 18-29
    543 posts
    October 23, 2010 at 11:05 am
    "Where we impacted was quite wet"

    Tee-hee
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    5Cats Male 50-59
    31766 posts
    October 23, 2010 at 11:40 am
    Until they find some hawt "moon maidens" I`m not going...
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    October 23, 2010 at 12:31 pm
    I will show you lots of water where the sun doesnt shine :P
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    fiizok Male 40-49
    591 posts
    October 23, 2010 at 12:50 pm
    Somehow this fails to make me want to fill my swimming pool with moon water.
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    DixxyRarr Female 18-29
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    October 23, 2010 at 1:08 pm
    "BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES"

    That made me laugh :)
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    TheTrees Male 13-17
    258 posts
    October 23, 2010 at 2:55 pm
    mermaids on the moon
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    Kaagan Male 18-29
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    October 23, 2010 at 3:11 pm
    wouldnt the water be radioactive? you know because the sun is very raioactive and it`s in space.
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    Durrell Male 18-29
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    October 23, 2010 at 4:37 pm
    @Kaagan... Really??? You think that? We are just as much in space as the moon, and the sun is not radioactive in the way say a nuke is. SUNLIGHT is radiation.... HEAT is radiation. not all forms of radioactivity are dangerous...

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    handys003 Male 50-59
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    October 23, 2010 at 4:39 pm
    Water is fine. What kind of microbes are in it? safe to drink I wonder about that.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    October 23, 2010 at 6:00 pm
    @Kaagan... Really??? You think that? We are just as much in space as the moon, and the sun is not radioactive in the way say a nuke is. SUNLIGHT is radiation.... HEAT is radiation. not all forms of radioactivity are dangerous...

    We have an atmosphere and a strong magnetic field to protect us on the surface. The moon doesn`t. We are almost the same distance from the sun, but the surface of the moon is much more dangerous in terms of the forms of radiation that are dangerous to humans. Some of it is radioactive in the way that a nuke is - you`ve got alpha particles, beta particles and neutrons.

    I think Kaagan`s question is a good one. We`d certainly need radiation shielding on any moon base.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
    12390 posts
    October 23, 2010 at 6:03 pm
    Water is fine. What kind of microbes are in it? safe to drink I wonder about that.

    Given the conditions, I`d be amazed if anything that could survive in it could infect humans. There might possibly be some extremophile microbes living in it, but microbes that could live in those conditions and also in a human? That would be way out there weird. On top of that, it would be alien to us and that would also make it very unlikely to be able to infect us.
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    adia1228 Female 30-39
    83 posts
    October 23, 2010 at 8:22 pm
    (Yawn) find a way to bring it back and make it useful. I will be impressed.
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    October 23, 2010 at 10:53 pm
    (Yawn) find a way to bring it back and make it useful. I will be impressed.
    It`s not about bringing it back. It`s about using it as a resource on the platform of the moon for further space exploration. A springboard, if you will. Space exploration programs launched from the moon are an interesting concept, and potentially much cheaper than similar programs originating from the Earth. Water is a vital component of any such program, from life support in potential bases to local manufacture of rocket fuel.

    No-one`s talking about bringing moon-water back to earth, for drinking or energy or whatever. That would be a bit silly.
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    yarrrpirate Male 18-29
    394 posts
    October 24, 2010 at 4:22 am
    "It`s not about bringing it back. It`s about using it as a resource on the platform of the moon for further space exploration. A springboard, if you will. Space exploration programs launched from the moon are an interesting concept, and potentially much cheaper than similar programs originating from the Earth. Water is a vital component of any such program, from life support in potential bases to local manufacture of rocket fuel. "


    Uuuh, parking orbits? Also you still need to haul the components other than water.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
    17515 posts
    October 24, 2010 at 10:34 am
    yarrrpirate: It`s possible to manufacture things in near zero gravity. We already know how to smelt ore and machine parts in space, Those experiments have already been done. Plus we would not need huge cranes. Sure, Some material would need to come from earth, But the experiments performed on the ISS have already prepared us for how to live in space.

    We still need to solve the problems of loss of bone density and muscle mass, But they are working on it. I`m imagining they`d but a spinning gravity wheel on the moon and how similar that seems to a wheel in hamster cage, hehehe.
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    handys003 Male 50-59
    2402 posts
    October 24, 2010 at 5:44 pm
    @Angilion
    Possibly true but microbes are very resilient. The mere fact that water has oxygen makes it likely they can infect us. Especially if Evolution has it`s say. Second there is entire lifeforms undersea on this planet existing by volcanic sea mounts with it`s own biology not capable of surviving beyond it`s environment. Not just microbes but crustaceans etc...made of pure sulfuric dioxide in it`s chemistry. Therefore where you find water you will find life. Whether it`s harmless or not testing should be done.
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    xbx214 Male 18-29
    956 posts
    October 24, 2010 at 6:16 pm
    Your all dumb this can further space development giving us a base on the MOON and a station extending our reach into the galaxy... Next after the mood is mars.. We are slowly but surly getting to become a solar systemed speices.
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    davymid Male 30-39
    12151 posts
    October 24, 2010 at 7:19 pm
    Your all dumb
    *You`re
  36. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
    12390 posts
    October 24, 2010 at 10:31 pm
    Second there is entire lifeforms undersea on this planet existing by volcanic sea mounts with it`s own biology not capable of surviving beyond it`s environment.

    You appear to have missed my reference to them - extremophiles.

    You didn`t miss the fact that they can`t survive outside of the environment they are adapted to. Which means they can`t survive in humans.

    I wrote this before:

    There might possibly be some extremophile microbes living in it, but microbes that could live in those conditions and also in a human? That would be way out there weird.

    I still think it`s true. I also still think this is true:

    On top of that, it would be alien to us and that would also make it very unlikely to be able to infect us.

    Alien extremophiles infecting humans? You think it`s likely. I don`t. I think it`s extremely unlikely.
  37. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
    12390 posts
    October 24, 2010 at 10:36 pm
    Your all dumb this can further space development giving us a base on the MOON and a station extending our reach into the galaxy... Next after the mood is mars.. We are slowly but surly getting to become a solar systemed speices.

    You make six very basic errors in one short paragraph and you`re calling us dumb? Your post makes me surly.

    It doesn`t really, but who could resist that reply?

    Next thing after a moon colony is it declaring indepence and revolting. Bloody colonies! :)
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    Angilion Male 40-49
    12390 posts
    October 24, 2010 at 10:41 pm
    We still need to solve the problems of loss of bone density and muscle mass, But they are working on it. I`m imagining they`d but a spinning gravity wheel on the moon and how similar that seems to a wheel in hamster cage, hehehe.

    Stick a dynamo on it and you`ve got an extra source of power. A person can generate a couple of hundred watts. Give tax rebates based on power generated as an incentive and it might work.

    There`s always the possibility of humans adapting to 1/6th gravity with a combination of evolution and technology. Homo sapiens lunaris.
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    8BitHero Male 18-29
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    December 10, 2010 at 5:39 pm
    Yes! BOMB THE MOON! But this is good though.

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