NASA finds ice on the moon

March 4th, 2010 - 12:44 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Washington DC, Mar 3 (THAINDIAN NEWS) NASA announced that it had found water on the north pole of the moon, that is sufficient enough to generate oxygen and/or even sustain a scientific moon base there. Chandrayaan, which is India’s lunar orbiter, made the surprising discovery that there was ice in over 40 craters. These craters ranged in size from 1 mile to over 9 miles in diameter. On the basis of these details, the scientists have calculated that there is over 600 million tons of ice in that area. The Indian Chandrayaan had some NASA radar equipment on board too.

“Now we can say with a fair degree of confidence that a sustainable human presence on the Moon is possible. It’s possible using the resources we find there,” said Paul Spudis, from the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston. He also said that the recent discoveries of water and ice on the moon’s surface had brought a sea change on the way the moon was viewed by the scientists and the public alike. “There’s not one flavor of water on the Moon; there’s a range of everything from relatively pure ice all the way to adsorbed water,” said Anthony Colaprete, the mission’s chief scientist from NASA’s Ames Research Center.

Perhaps after the discovery of ice and water on the surface of the moon, there will now be some manned missions to the moon, as the Barack Obama administration had trashed all such proposals prior to the important discoveries.

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