Post Sun Mar 07, 2010 12:26 pm

Ice on the Moon

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8544635.stm

I suppose this should go in the Moon section, but seems so interesting that I thought I'd post it here.

A radar experiment aboard India's Chandrayaan-1 lunar spacecraft has identified thick deposits of water-ice near the Moon's north pole.

The US space agency's (Nasa) Mini-Sar experiment found more than 40 small craters containing water-ice.
But other compounds - such as hydrocarbons - are mixed up in lunar ice, according to new results from another Moon mission called LCROSS.


So craters near the lunar North Pole contain ice, and ice mixed with hydrocarbons and other stuff. Does this mean that it won't work as a convenient source of water for lunar colonies, or could the water be easily separated out?