NASA Discovers Oasis on the Moon

It’s not a mirage, it may actually be an oasis. From The New York Times:

The Moon, at least at the bottom of a deep, dark cold crater near its south pole, seems to be wetter than the Sahara, scientists reported Thursday.

In lunar terms, that is an oasis, surprisingly wet for a place that had long been thought by many planetary scientists to be utterly dry.

If astronauts were to visit this crater, they might be able to use eight wheelbarrows of soil to melt 10 to 13 gallons of water. The water, if purified, could be used for drinking, or broken apart into hydrogen and oxygen for rocket fuel — to get home or travel to Mars.

“That is a very valuable resource,” said Anthony Colaprete, principal investigator of NASA’s Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite — or Lcross, for short — which made the observations as it, by design, slammed into the Moon a year ago. “This is wetter than some places on Earth.”

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  • ralph

    This sounds very “John Carter of Mars”:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Carter_%28character%29

    There is a Disney movie finally tackling this classic sci-fi series. I don’t think Disney has infiltrated NASA (yet), so I’ll stick with what NASA is saying. We DID go to the Moon after all (I am welcoming debate…)

  • http://disinfo.com ralph

    This sounds very “John Carter of Mars”:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Carter_%28character%29

    There is a Disney movie finally tackling this classic sci-fi series. I don’t think Disney has infiltrated NASA (yet), so I’ll stick with what NASA is saying. We DID go to the Moon after all (I am welcoming debate…)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WNJO236SF5VLSOB6ZUCBLDBF6M MaxImpactGuns

    i think its pretty cool we are discovering new information about the moon and other planets. hopefully during our lifetime we can travel in space safely.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WNJO236SF5VLSOB6ZUCBLDBF6M MaxImpactGuns

    i think its pretty cool we are discovering new information about the moon and other planets. hopefully during our lifetime we can travel in space safely.

  • Shawn

    The LCROSS mission detected, according to the figures released, an equal amount of heavy mercury and water including some extremely “exotic” elements. Water and rocks are not what all the space agency’s in the world are after..no something much more valuable

  • Shawn

    The LCROSS mission detected, according to the figures released, an equal amount of heavy mercury and water including some extremely “exotic” elements. Water and rocks are not what all the space agency’s in the world are after..no something much more valuable

  • Bob the Builder

    This is as much interesting as it is ridiculous… or at least… poorly written, haha. They use too many “questioning” words, such as, “IF astronauts”, “MIGHT be able”, “IF purified”, “COULD be used”… they make it sound like it would never happen instead of making it sound actually possible. They also make it seem like you can make enough rocket fuel to get to Mars out of 13 gallons of water… if that’s the case, then why not just use 13 gallons on Earth to make the fuel… and just take it with you… on your way to Mars? The statement “this is wetter than some places on Earth” also cracks me up… that’s like saying “I’m hungrier now than I was when I ate a few hours ago”… OF COURSE it’s going to be wetter than somewhere that NO water is present?! Wetter than the Sahara, wetter than space itself, wetter than a box of Wheat Thins, lol… I can’t believe NASA would make such vague and yet random in-observations.

  • Bob the Builder

    This is as much interesting as it is ridiculous… or at least… poorly written, haha. They use too many “questioning” words, such as, “IF astronauts”, “MIGHT be able”, “IF purified”, “COULD be used”… they make it sound like it would never happen instead of making it sound actually possible. They also make it seem like you can make enough rocket fuel to get to Mars out of 13 gallons of water… if that’s the case, then why not just use 13 gallons on Earth to make the fuel… and just take it with you… on your way to Mars? The statement “this is wetter than some places on Earth” also cracks me up… that’s like saying “I’m hungrier now than I was when I ate a few hours ago”… OF COURSE it’s going to be wetter than somewhere that NO water is present?! Wetter than the Sahara, wetter than space itself, wetter than a box of Wheat Thins, lol… I can’t believe NASA would make such vague and yet random in-observations.

  • Bob the Builder

    This is as much interesting as it is ridiculous… or at least… poorly written, haha. They use too many “questioning” words, such as, “IF astronauts”, “MIGHT be able”, “IF purified”, “COULD be used”… they make it sound like it would never happen instead of making it sound actually possible. They also make it seem like you can make enough rocket fuel to get to Mars out of 13 gallons of water… if that’s the case, then why not just use 13 gallons on Earth to make the fuel… and just take it with you… on your way to Mars? The statement “this is wetter than some places on Earth” also cracks me up… that’s like saying “I’m hungrier now than I was when I ate a few hours ago”… OF COURSE it’s going to be wetter than somewhere that NO water is present?! Wetter than the Sahara, wetter than space itself, wetter than a box of Wheat Thins, lol… I can’t believe NASA would make such vague and yet random in-observations.