Environment & Science

Ice crystals found on Moon

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The Moon is a dry and dusty place – but scientists knew they’d find at least some water when they slammed a rocket into a crater at one of the lunar poles last year. They found it, all right - 41 gallons.

OK... it’s not a Moon river – but it’s not the only water there. The 41 gallons in ice crystal form was in the dust plume that blew out when the rocket hit the lunar crater.

A second spacecraft sailed into the plume and found the water – along with carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, mercury, silver and other compounds. The NASA science team running the lunar experiment figures there’s at least a billion gallons of water in that crater.

Assuming you could strip away the mercury and other toxins, that’s plenty of liquid to supply astronauts at a Moon base. They could use some of the water to brew up fuel for an inter-planetary rocket.

We’d have to build a Moon base, which the Obama Administration says we’re not gonna do. It prefers to send astronauts to nearby asteroids – or to Mars.

Americans haven’t visited the Moon in almost 40 years, but no problem – the water was there for eons before we got there. It’ll be there when we get back.