Sunday, May 29, 2011

Water on the moon, a lot more than we thought.

From Discover Magazine.

They looked at some of the moon rocks that were brought back, and found that the water embedded inside volcanic glass from the moon has the same radioactive isotopes, and water content as on earth. This strongly implied you can grind up moon rocks (not the surface ones, they are too dry... the deeper ones), and get water.

you can then use this water to drink, or far more importantly, use solar power to convert the stuff into hydrogen and oxygen, and make rocket fuel.

Suddenly the moon is some place we might want to revisit.