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In the World of Science MCCCXXXVII - MoonWater!

 
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Major Tom



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2009 5:42 pm    Post subject: In the World of Science MCCCXXXVII - MoonWater! Reply with quote

NASA Discovers Large Lunar Ice Field

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2009 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And buried deep within the ice lies Count Ward Churchill, Lord of All Moonbats! Oooooooooo! *scary finger wiggling*
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2009 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We are dangerously close to releasing Zeromus from his slumber.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2009 4:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So if we've found water on the moon, and we've found water on mars, does that suggest water on rocky planets/bodies might be totally common in the universe? Or do we have reason to believe our immediate neighborhood is the odd cookie in the batch?

Is now a good time to start procuring venture capital for my franchise marketing intergalactic pets?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2009 4:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nathan wrote:
So if we've found water on the moon, and we've found water on mars, does that suggest water on rocky planets/bodies might be totally common in the universe? Or do we have reason to believe our immediate neighborhood is the odd cookie in the batch?

Well, it probably can't exist in liquid form on Venus or Mercury, and most of the rest is found in sundry moons, comets, Kuiper belt/Oort cloud objects, and Pluto. Who's to say for asteroids? But for the things we know have water in some form, there are plenty of those in the solar system. There are trillions of icy bodies flying around beyond the orbit of Neptune, perhaps reaching almost halfway to the closest star. But once you get out around Uranus and Neptune, it's too cold for life as we know it to thrive. So your best bet is to dig down below Europa's ice, or try the nearest exosolar planetary system.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2009 5:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

By neighborhood, I meant our immediate solar system.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2009 5:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's best to follow the Copernican principle here: there's no reason to assume that Earth having water is anything special. If we have it, the other bodies probably have it too.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DeD CHiKn wrote:
We are dangerously close to releasing Zeromus from his slumber.


What we need is a Cecil to defeat him. *nods*
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