Ice On The Moon: One Step Closer To Life

March 3rd, 2010 - 8:56 pm ICT by GD  

By Madhuri Dey
iceMar 3, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Chandrayaan-1, which was sent to the moon in 2008 in order to collect data about the surface of the satellite, had brought back data that showed that there might have been deposits of water on the surface of the moon. The discovery had created huge waves in the realm of astrophysics. However, a renewed examination of the evidence collected by Chandrayaan-1 has brought to light an even more startling information, that the moon does actually contain ice in its craters. In fact, lots of it. New interpretation of the information collected by Chandrayaan-1 include pictures of 40 craters in the moon, filled with ice.

In fact, the number of such craters may be well above 40. It is believed that the ice found in the craters of the moon is actually water ice, and not dry ice, that is, not a solid form of carbon dioxide. The scientists also hope that the craters would be housing some 600 million metric tonnes of water ice in the craters. The information was collected by a tiny device in the satellite called the Mini SAR. It had visited those parts of the moon that had been visited the least so far.

This discovery is a very important step toward the realization of the great dream of the scientists at NASA: future colonization of the moon. While the actual realization of that dream is still a long way to go, the discovery is no doubt significant. As some of the scientists have pointed out following the discovery, the presence of water is necessary if the dream is ever to materialize, and deposited water in any form is a good sign.

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