1. Subscribersonhouse
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    09 Jul '08 23:43
    http://www.physorg.com/news134828986.html
    They are estimating there may be as much water under the surface of the moon (not liquid or solid but mixed with rocks) as in the mantle of the earth.
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    10 Jul '08 23:05
    Yes, I read about this also and it is very interesting.

    Apparently some water may have been brought to the surface via volcanic activity. Much of it will have escaped the moon's gravity and boiled into space, but some may have condensed and frozen in the shaded craters in the moons polar regions.

    This is very interesting as a water supply on the moon would make it much easier to establish a permanent manned moon base.
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    10 Jul '08 23:24
    Originally posted by MattP
    Yes, I read about this also and it is very interesting.

    Apparently some water may have been brought to the surface via volcanic activity. Much of it will have escaped the moon's gravity and boiled into space, but some may have condensed and frozen in the shaded craters in the moons polar regions.

    This is very interesting as a water supply on the moon would make it much easier to establish a permanent manned moon base.
    That's for sure! Since you get the full solar radiance on the moon, 1Kw/square meter and 20% of that from solar cells, is 200 watts per square meter, about three or four times what you can get on the earth with the same cells, so if you have water already on the moon, you electrolyze it with solar electricity and you get, 1, water to drink and grow crops, 2 Hydrogen for rocket fuel, and 3 O2 for breathing and oxidizer for the rocket fuel, none of which has to brought from earth! Such a deal🙂