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Billions of Gallons of Water on the Moon?

Hits: 20542 | Rating: (3.0) | Category: Science | Added by: cobrakiller
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8BitHero
Male, 18-29, Europe
 5426 Posts
Friday, December 10, 2010 5:39:23 PM
Yes! BOMB THE MOON! But this is good though.

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 10533 Posts
Sunday, October 24, 2010 10:41:14 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.

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 10533 Posts
Sunday, October 24, 2010 10:36:28 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! :)

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 10533 Posts
Sunday, October 24, 2010 10:31:09 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.

davymid
Male, 30-39, Europe
 11783 Posts
Sunday, October 24, 2010 7:19:20 PM
Your all dumb

*You're

xbx214
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 732 Posts
Sunday, October 24, 2010 6:16:41 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.

handys003
Male, 50-59, Western US
 2402 Posts
Sunday, October 24, 2010 5:44:43 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.

CrakrJak
Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 16136 Posts
Sunday, October 24, 2010 10:34:26 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.

yarrrpirate
Male, 18-29, Europe
 397 Posts
Sunday, October 24, 2010 4:22:31 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.

davymid
Male, 30-39, Europe
 11783 Posts
Saturday, October 23, 2010 10:53:13 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.

adia1228
Female, 30-39, Western US
 83 Posts
Saturday, October 23, 2010 8:22:01 PM
(Yawn) find a way to bring it back and make it useful. I will be impressed.

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 10533 Posts
Saturday, October 23, 2010 6:03:55 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.

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 10533 Posts
Saturday, October 23, 2010 6:00:18 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.

handys003
Male, 50-59, Western US
 2402 Posts
Saturday, October 23, 2010 4:39:05 PM
Water is fine. What kind of microbes are in it? safe to drink I wonder about that.

Durrell
Male, 18-29, Canada
 136 Posts
Saturday, October 23, 2010 4:37:04 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...


Kaagan
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 1438 Posts
Saturday, October 23, 2010 3:11:44 PM
wouldnt the water be radioactive? you know because the sun is very raioactive and it's in space.

TheTrees
Male, 13-17, Eastern US
 259 Posts
Saturday, October 23, 2010 2:55:08 PM
mermaids on the moon

DixxyRarr
Female, 18-29, Midwest US
 2677 Posts
Saturday, October 23, 2010 1:08:14 PM
"BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES"

That made me laugh :)

fiizok
Male, 40-49, Western US
 590 Posts
Saturday, October 23, 2010 12:50:38 PM
Somehow this fails to make me want to fill my swimming pool with moon water.

Fatninja01
Male, 18-29, Australia
 24108 Posts
Saturday, October 23, 2010 12:31:05 PM
I will show you lots of water where the sun doesnt shine :P

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 21845 Posts
Saturday, October 23, 2010 11:40:38 AM
Until they find some hawt "moon maidens" I'm not going...

MonoBrow
Male, 18-29, Canada
 543 Posts
Saturday, October 23, 2010 11:05:17 AM
"Where we impacted was quite wet"

Tee-hee

DickenMcHunt
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 1140 Posts
Saturday, October 23, 2010 10:20:58 AM
I am one step closer to constructing a secret moon base.

davymid
Male, 30-39, Europe
 11783 Posts
Saturday, October 23, 2010 9:56:00 AM
vv Quite right Monosandalos, fix'd.

Monosandalos
Male, 30-39, Europe
 253 Posts
Saturday, October 23, 2010 9:53:10 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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