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Andromeda66
21-10-05, 17:51
The hubble Space Telescope, which normally surveys the edge of the universe, has turned its attention to our nearby Moon and found mineral concentrations that might prove to be sources of oxygen for human visitors.

In an unusual use of Hubble, astronomers trained the large Earth-orbiting telescope on the moon in August to take the first High-resolution UV images of certain geologically interesting areas.

The images allow scientists to see areas of mineral variation within the crust and could help identify the most valuable sites for robotic and human missions.

The Hubble Advanced Camera for Surveys took ultraviolet and visible-light images of geologically diverse areas on the side of the Moon nearest Earth, including the Aristarchus impact crater and the adjacent Schroter's Valley rille. The camera also photographed the Apollo 15 and 17 landing sites, where astronauts collected rock and soil samples in 1971 and 1972.

The Aristarchus plateau has long been of interest to geologists because of its volcanic vents, collapsed lava tubes called rilles, ejected volcanic material and recent impact craters. The Aristarchus crater, 26 miles wide and 2 miles deep, could be as young as 100 million years old and has a sharp rim and other fresh features that reveal the varied geology of the area, said Mark Robinson, a planetary geologist at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. The crater slices into the side of the plateau, exposing its interior layers and features.

Catapharact
21-10-05, 17:57
Hmmm, you know, you may have helped me on something http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif .

Lately tehre has been U.S. plans to set up a lunar base for outreach exploration purposes http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif . This survey proves that they are serious about going ahead witht the plan.

Another breach of U.N. law, if they do that.

Thorn
21-10-05, 18:03
No point for life on another planet imo. People will probably be living in spaceships in the future. For effective living and travel.

Andromeda66
21-10-05, 18:08
I don't think the Moon is even conducive to life. There might be oxygen but thats just one of the many factors responsible for life. And even if they do, by sheer luck ,manage to get some life up there, I seriously doubt they'll be able to sustain it.

I am not a pessimist, I'm just more intent on looking at the practicality of the issue.

DragonDan
21-10-05, 21:21
I say breach the UN law (even though I have not heard of such a doctrine).
It is a corrupt and inept entity, and would collapse without US money.

Draco
21-10-05, 23:09
Screw the UN.

Put a more effective and cohesive world entity together. UN is pathetic.

Olvidarse
22-10-05, 08:44
Yes, forget Earth, because we have the Moon! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif