Monday, October 27, 2008

No Ice, no Water

Ice on the Moon would have meant a good source of oxygen to breathe and hydrogen to fuel spacecraft for the future Moon Bases.
Even in the parts of Craters on on the poles that are permanently in the shadows, there is no surface ice.
Junichi Haruyama of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and colleagues report that the area is certainly cold enough to harbor ice, but that the reflectance indicates there is only soil on the surface. "If ice does exist there, they say, it is probably mixed in small concentrations with the soil."
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