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Saturday 24th July 2021 09:33 PM

Squeezing Rocket Fuel From Moon Rocks


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The most valuable natural resource on the moon may be water. In addition to preserving lunar colonists, it could also be broken down into its constituent elements—hydrogen and oxygen—and used to make rocket propellant.

 

Although the ancients called the dark areas on the moon maria (Latin for “seas”), it has long been clear that liquid water can’t occur on the lunar surface, where it would swiftly evaporate. Since the 1960s, though, scientists have hypothesized that the moon indeed harbors water, in the form of ice. Because the moon has a very small axial tilt—just 1.5 degrees—the floors of many polar craters stay in perpetual darkness. Water could thus reduce and survive in such polar “cold traps,” where it might one day be mined.



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Posted on : Saturday 24th July 2021 09:33 PM

Squeezing Rocket Fuel From Moon Rocks


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The most valuable natural resource on the moon may be water. In addition to preserving lunar colonists, it could also be broken down into its constituent elements—hydrogen and oxygen—and used to make rocket propellant.

 

Although the ancients called the dark areas on the moon maria (Latin for “seas”), it has long been clear that liquid water can’t occur on the lunar surface, where it would swiftly evaporate. Since the 1960s, though, scientists have hypothesized that the moon indeed harbors water, in the form of ice. Because the moon has a very small axial tilt—just 1.5 degrees—the floors of many polar craters stay in perpetual darkness. Water could thus reduce and survive in such polar “cold traps,” where it might one day be mined.



This article is originally posted on IEEESPECTRUM.com



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