October 23, 2008
Moon Ice: Not Yours?
Posted by scott at October 23, 2008 02:29 PM
The "yes there is, no there's not" debate on whether there is water ice deep inside polar craters on the moon seems to have gotten another "no there's not" answer. However, just because the bottom of Shackleton crater doesn't look like an ice rink is no reason to think there's nothing there. We probably won't know a definitive answer until someone sends a probe specifically designed to look for the stuff.
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There comes a point where the effort to find a miracle just becomes silly. We've found no trace of water in any of the moon rocks or soil samples we've collected, and our spectrographic analysis of nearly the moon's entire surface has turned up nothing, so people are now saying that we might find water in the bottoms of the craters too deep for spectrographic analysis to penetrate. No doubt when those expensive probes also turn up nothing, we'll move to the "moon is really just a thin crust of rock over a core of solid ice" theory, so we'll need to drill a few miles down to prove THAT isn't true.
This is what happens when people move away from the materialist world view and try to pretend the impossible can become real if only enough people could be made (and, inevitably, forced) to believe in it.