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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Ice deposits on Moon's poles

The finding by NASA's miniSAR aboard Indian probe
Chadrayaan-1 has detected ice deposits at the Moon's poles, making the presence of water in the Moon even more official (see previous posts on this matter: here and here).

More at Science Daily.

The real obstacles for more or less permanent human presence on the Moon are then others, notably the lack of a natural shield against solar radiation (and cosmic radiation in general).


Antoni Jaume said...

Humans could develop underground dwellings to avoid radiations, and use mostly robots on the surface.

Maju said...

It's a possibility indeed but it's quite challenging.

In any case, I'd say that we would need some strong motivation to do that, either economical (what kind of resources can be found in the Moon cheaper than on Earth?) or highly motivated scientific (it's more challenging than Anctartica, more like the lowest depths of the Ocean).