Archive | September, 2009 – It’s official: Water Found on the Moon

23 Sep

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It’s Official: Water Found on the Moon

By Andrea Thompson
Senior Writer
posted: 23 September 2009
06:17 pm ET

Since man first touched the moon and brought pieces of it back to Earth, scientists have thought that the lunar surface was bone dry. But new observations from three different spacecraft have put this notion to rest with what has been called “unambiguous evidence” of water across the surface of the moon.

The new findings, detailed in the Sept. 25 issue of the journal Science, come in the wake of further evidence of lunar polar water ice by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and just weeks before the planned lunar impact of NASA’s LCROSS satellite, which will hit one of the permanently shadowed craters at the moon’s south pole in hope of churning up evidence of water ice deposits in the debris field.

The moon remains drier than any desert on Earth, but the water is said to exist on the moon in very small quantities. Finding water on the moon would be a boon to possible future lunar bases, acting as a potential source of drinking water and fuel.

Apollo turns up dry

When Apollo astronauts returned from the moon 40 years ago, they brought back several samples of lunar rocks.

The moon rocks were analyzed for signs of water bound to minerals present in the rocks; while trace amounts of water were detected, these were assumed to be contamination from Earth, because the containers the rocks came back in had leaked.

“The isotopes of oxygen that exist on the moon are the same as those that exist on Earth, so it was difficult if not impossible to tell the difference between water from the moon and water from Earth,” said Larry Taylor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, who is a member of one of the NASA-built instrument teams for India’s Chandrayaan-1 satellite and has studied the moon since the Apollo missions.

While scientists continued to suspect that water ice deposits could be found in the coldest spots of south pole craters that never saw sunlight, the consensus became that the rest of the moon was bone dry.

But new observations of the lunar surface made with Chandrayaan-1, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, and NASA’s Deep Impact probe, are calling that consensus into question, with multiple detections of the spectral signal of either water or the hydroxyl group (an oxygen and hydrogen chemically bonded).

Three spacecraft

Chandrayaan-1, India’s first-ever moon probe, was aimed at mapping the lunar surface and determining its mineral composition (the orbiter’s mission ended 14 months prematurely in August after an abrupt malfunction). While the probe was still active, its NASA-built Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) detected wavelengths of light reflected off the surface that indicated the chemical bond between hydrogen and oxygen — the telltale sign of either water or hydroxyl.

Because M3 can only penetrate the top few millimeters of lunar regolith, the newly observed water seems to be at or near the lunar surface. M3’s observations also showed that the water signal got stronger toward the polar regions.

Cassini, which passed by the moon in 1999 on its way to Saturn, provides confirmation of this signal with its own slightly stronger detection of the water/hydroxyl signal. The water would have to be absorbed or trapped in the glass and minerals at the lunar surface, wrote Roger Clark of the U.S. Geological Survey in the study detailing Cassini’s findings.

The Cassini data shows a global distribution of the water signal, though it also appears stronger near the poles (and low in the lunar maria).

Finally, the Deep Impact spacecraft, as part of its extended EPOXI mission and at the request of the M3 team, made infrared detections of water and hydroxyl as part of a calibration exercise during several close approaches of the Earth-Moon system en route to its planned flyby of comet 103P/Hartley 2 in November 2010.

Deep Impact detected the signal at all latitudes above 10 degrees N, though once again, the poles showed the strongest signals. With its multiple passes, Deep Impact was able to observe the same regions at different times of the lunar day. At noon, when the sun’s rays were strongest, the water feature was lowest, while in the morning, the feature was stronger.

“The Deep Impact observations of the Moon not only unequivocally confirm the presence of [water/hydroxyl] on the lunar surface, but also reveal that the entire lunar surface is hydrated during at least some portion of the lunar day,” the authors wrote in their study.

The findings of all three spacecraft “provide unambiguous evidence for the presence of hydroxyl or water,” said Paul Lacey of the University of Hawaii in an opinion essay accompanying the three studies. Lacey was not involved in any of the missions.

The new data “prompt a critical reexamination of the notion that the moon is dry. It is not,” Lacey wrote.

Where the water comes from

Combined, the findings show that not only is the moon hydrated, the process that makes it so is a dynamic one that is driven by the daily changes in solar radiation hitting any given spot on the surface.

The sun might also have something to do with how the water got there.

There are potentially two types of water on the moon: that brought from outside sources, such as water-bearing comets striking the surface, or that that originates on the moon.

This second, endogenic, source is thought to possibly come from the interaction of the solar wind with moon rocks and soils.

The rocks and regolith that make up the lunar surface are about 45 percent oxygen (combined with other elements as mostly silicate minerals). The solar wind — the constant stream of charged particles emitted by the sun — are mostly protons, or positively charged hydrogen atoms.

If the charged hydrogens, which are traveling at one-third the speed of light, hit the lunar surface with enough force, they break apart oxygen bonds in soil materials, Taylor, the M3 team member suspects. Where free oxygen and hydrogen exist, there is a high chance that trace amounts of water will form.

The various study researchers also suggest that the daily dehydration and rehydration of the trace water across the surface could lead to the migration of hydroxyl and hydrogen towards the poles where it can accumulate in the cold traps of the permanently shadowed regions.


Shirley Phelps-Roper = Bat S#!T Crazy!!

23 Sep

If you read my blog then you know my updates are usually meant to be funny. I like to lighten the mood and allow my readers a good chuckle while they’re at their soul crushing 9 to 5 jobs. Not today my friends. Last night while doing a little research I came across this crazy ass bitch by the name of Shirley Phelps-Roper who is spokesperson for the Westboro Baptist Church her nazi father founded in the 1950s. In all honesty, crazy isn’t even an appropriate word for someone like this. These people are more like, bat shit crazy and highly unbalanced.

I am at a total loss for words. I want to sit here and write a twenty page article about this woman yet when I try to type all that happens is me seeing red… I mean, the church’s website is…. Seriously???? It amazes me that there are actually people who think this way, especially in this day of age. The funny part about it is they have less than 100 members and 90% of those are part of her family. Incest much? Anyway, I never thought that I would say this, but FOX News does a great job during these interviews… which really isn’t hard because this chick is off  her rocker, but fuck this bitch and her “gods” wrath. I hope she dies a very painful death. Watch the videos and see where I’m coming from, please.

Top Ten News Bloopers!

22 Sep

With countless hours of useless footage being pumped out by the media daily it’s amazing there aren’t more bloopers that hit the net.  However, today’s post is dedicated to those who have messed up so badly that we could count them as the Best Ever news bloopers. Watch and enjoy the Top Ten!

Streakers gets on news

Most painful bail. Ever

Reports cracking up over a model bailing

Apparently he’s afraid of cockroaches… Kind of Ironic don’t cha think?

Bird craps in reporters mouth

Dude swallows bug and becomes a thug

Someone definitely wanted to collect unemployment

Umm I think you need a little more punctuation

This made me like Tony Danza way more

Umm I don’t think that was planned

Earth to Brint, Alexander Skarsgard is Meekus

3 Sep


Silly me, I didn’t put this up earlier when I figured this out… Three months ago, but now I am going to take the glory regardless. Screw everyone else who thinks they’re smart. I’m sure most people who are reading this have seen the HBO hit series, True Blood. Most women out there wet their pants when even mentioning me with my shirt off Erik. What most of you didn’t know is that eight years before Alexander Skarsgard played his break out roll as bad ass Marine, Iceman in the HBO special, “Generation Kill” he had an amazing cameo in Zoolander. Zoolander just so happens to be one of my favorite comedies of all time and this scene is probably one of the best of the movie. Best of the best??? I think so.

I don’t know how or why I figured this out, but I did and that makes me cooler than you. “It’s like excueeeeze me, but have you ever heard of styling gel!”

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