View Full Version : Water Ice Found on Moon's North Pole

2010-Mar-01, 11:50 PM
It's no longer a question of if there is water on the Moon; now it is how much. Scientists using the Mini-SAR instrument on India's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft have detected water ice deposits near the moon's north pole. Mini-SAR, a lightweight, synthetic aperture radar, found more than 40 small craters with water ice. The [...]

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2010-Mar-02, 01:36 AM
You see how quickly we found water at the lunar poles, and you feel really bad that Apollo got cancelled before they could do a high-lattitude landing, because if they'd found water then, they might not have had to stop.

2010-Mar-02, 10:56 AM
I don't think Apollo could do high latitude landings.....

2010-Mar-02, 02:42 PM

Even though this has been postulated for many years and the latest probes have indicated (very strongly) that there is potentially an extremely large deposit of water ice in the areas searched, there now needs to be a physical presence on the moon to prove these results.

Unfortunately it is not feasible since the bean counters and the descendants of "Proxmire" have pretty much scuppered that scenario for the time being.

It now behoves all of us space cadets to get out there and show the bean counters what possibilities lie in store for all of us if we take advantage of this truly spectacular (once proven) news.

Groups like this are in an important position to motivate and mobilise such an effort, how long this will take before any of us see some results (dedicated launchers, landers etc.) depends not only on the membership of groups such as this but on the media and finally the politicians.

Good luck to all...

2010-Mar-02, 06:50 PM
This would be a wonderful confirmation. The moon is looking more and more attractive as a place to wade out to before the big dive.