Water found in tiny beads from the moon

CLEVELAND (UPI) — U.S. researchers said they’ve discovered water in tiny beads of volcanic glass collected from two Apollo missions to the moon.

Jim Van Orman, a professor in the geological sciences department at Case Western Reserve University, said the findings suggest the water came from the moon’s interior and was delivered to the surface through volcanic eruptions.

The research team, which included scientists from Brown University, Carnegie Institution for Science and Case Western Reserve, said finding water on the moon’s surface could have a big effect on any future plans for long-term manned lunar presence or using the moon as a launching point for explorations further into space.

“Water contains the essential ingredients used for rocket fuel,” Van Orman said in a statement. “Certainly, if there is ice on the moon’s polar caps, that could be used. But if there is water in the rocks –and as much as our studies infer– that is another resource that could be tapped.”

The findings are published in the journal Nature.

from Arcamax Science and Technology E-zine, July 15, 2008

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Space Tourism

Space tourism: the next frontier?

NEWARK, Del. (UPI) — U.S. and Italian researchers predict outer space will become a frequent tourist destination during this century.

“In the 21st century, space tourism could represent the most significant development experienced by the tourism industry,” said University of Delaware Professor Fred DeMicco.

DeMicco, along with Professor Silvia Ciccarelli of the University of Rome — a consultant to the Italian Association of Aerospace Industries — said while there are global policies to be determined relating to private ventures in space, the technology to make space travel safer and cheaper is moving forward.

Ciccarelli said suborbital trips will likely be available to tourists by 2015, while tourism in space hotels is predicted to become a reality by 2025. She also noted the low-gravity of space will make possible novel recreational and sports activities that are impossible on Earth.

The study is to appear in the journal Hospitality Educator.

from: Arcamax Science & Technology e-zine 03-12-2008