One of the people running NASA feels like a realistic way of exploring and colonizing the Moon might be just around the corner, as water was found on the surface of our natural satellite.
Jim Bridenstine, the man in question, said that he recently found out that there’s an unimaginable amount of frozen water on the moon, thanks to a spacecraft from India.
This is a premiere for space exploration. No space mission that took place before has ever resulted with the direct observation of the countless patches of ice found in the deepest, darkest and coolest places the Moon has to offer.
This being found out, the prospects for sending people back to the white space-rock for the first time in half a century are looking good. Water is not only great for sustaining life, but also for obtaining liquid O2 (rocket fuel) and O2 as a gas, for breathing.
Too good to be true
One of the scientists at NASA who study the Moon advised Mr. Bridenstine to not get overly enthusiastic just yet, because how hard it is to extract that water is still to be seen. For that, lunar explorers need to be sent, whether they come in the shape of robot probes or remote vehicles, and that needs to be done in multiple places.
Many of the water patches are found in the dark meteor holes from the poles of the Moon, where the temperature is always below a “chilling” -150°C.
Exploring the Moon could become realistic
Despite knowing for so long that the Moon has no valuable resources to offer, latest findings have proven scientists that water could be a real thing on the surface of the Moon.
Nine years ago, one of the rockets sent by Mars crashed into a dark crater, which created a cloud of dust, which also contained water in its composition.
Bridenstine said he imagines a space station orbiting the Moon, for the not-very-distant future. The respective station will enable people to travel to the Moon and back, as many times as needed.
The last space program that included sending people to the Moon was finalized with Apollo 17, in 1972.
Even the American president is encouraging lunar exploration, by stating that colonizing the Moon is the next step before taking the leap to Mars.
NASA’s budget for the next few years has most of the money allocated to human space exploration. Part of that budget will be spent for a new spacecraft called Orion, which is already programmed to have a number of manned missions starting with 2020.
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