Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Probe Found Millions of Tons of Ice on the Moon..!!
Last Monday NASA reported that their radar aboard India's Chandrayaan-I lunar orbiter discovered millions of tons of ice on the Moon's north pole. The orbiter found 40 craters approximately 1 - 9 miles across containing pockets of ice. NASA stated that the ice discovered is "reletively pure ice" with several feet of thickness.
This sounds like a pretty substantial find. How is this find important you ask? Well, the ice can be used to produce rocket fuel and oxygen for space missions and a future moon base. It would also eliminate the need of payload and the carbon footprint of transporting fuel and oxygen from Earth.