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NASA Hopes to Test Mining Moon Water for Future Manned Missions

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Posted in Science on 2nd Nov, 2014 09:33 PM by AlexMuller

Two proposed missions would scour the moon’s upper crust for ice that may support moon bases. We may soon be one sip of water closer to living on the moon, at least if NASA’s plans pan out. The space agency has announced their intention to send two new missions to the moon to analyze and mine pockets of frozen water.

 

The projects, nicknamed Lunar Flashlight and Resource Prospector Mission (RPM), will launch in late 2017 and 2018, respectively. Scientists are seeking to determine if future manned lunar outposts could exploit the deposits as a resource for drinking water. Here’s Mike Wall reporting for Space.com:

 
“If you’re going to have humans on the moon and you need water for drinking, breathing, rocket fuel, anything you want, it’s much, much cheaper to live off the land than it is to bring everything with you,” said Lunar Flashlight principal investigator Barbara Cohen, of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-11-03
+1
Taking resources to the moon or to mars is a big problem foe colonisation - finding the way to use resources that are present there is a big step forward Reply


 

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