Is 24 gallons "SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF WATER ON MOON"?? What is your opinion?

How much USA citizens are paying 24 gallons of water on Moon

Last Friday, two US spacecraft crashed into the eternally dark Cabeus lunar crater near the Moon`s south pole. This was a part of scientific mission of searching for supplies of water on the Moon. That "bombing of Moon" created a crater about 18-20 yards wide.

NASA, is hoping to find sufficient quantities of water to use as fuel for space exploration,

Yesterday we heard on the news that "A 'significant amount' of frozen water has been found on the moon"...exactly 24 gallons...or 90 litters (for us who use metric system).

My boyfriend told me: "Great, now one person on Earth can take the bath in all that water".

Yes, it is found only 24 gallons of water on Moon. That is allegedly "significant amount of water on Moon".

This all magnificent operation which costs "only" $79 million US$ (79 000 000 $) a bargain by space exploration standards, brought to humanity just one bath-tube full of water. Amazing.

.'Water is essentially energy,' scientist Victoria Friedensen said on NASA TV. 'It can be used to make fuel.'....This statement sounds funny after finding one bath-tube of water only....

Heh.... if NASA continues bombarding Moon, finally it will look like (Swiss) cheese, full of holes (craters), with the result which can make only scientists happy: - they finally discovered something. I believe they are happy now like little children who found cockroach in the sand...Wow, few gallons of water on the dry Moon... I think they would be proud even with 1 gallon of water, no matter how many millions this gallon costs Americans tax-payers.

BTW, Americans paid 3 291 667 (three millions two hundred nintyone thousand six hundred sixty seven dollars) for EACH gallon of watter...

Do not take me wrong, it is not only NASA involved in space exploration and searching for water of Moon, the other countries also have interest in that.... NASA just realized that idea.

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By spending 79 millions US$....

...you get full bath of Moon-water....Amazing result!

Reasons for space exploration

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Space exploration started with original purpose of colonizing other planets of Solar system, in 60-ties. The Moon was first step. There were tones of detailed ideas how this future colonisation of humanity should look like... Already in that time some people predicted that population of humans will continue to grow and that we were going to spend ( sooner or later ) life-resources of our own planet... First expeditions on Moon disappointed the scientists, because Moon is far from expected for future colonisation, but obviously original idea never died.

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Although scientist try to convince us that space exploration is necessary that we find out more about our own planet (what is really nonsense), underneath that research is actually idea of colonising other planets some time in the future.

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I am FOR space exploration, but I would be more happy when will humanity start to act more responsible towards our own planet at first. Although I respect and understand urges of humanity to find new places for living and new endeavours, if they continue to "bomb" or drill all other planets around, with same enthusiasm like they do here on Earth, our grand-grand-grand-children as newcomers on that planets or moons will find only holes and pollution... We behave to the rest of the universe exactly on the same we are doing here...what is sad and shame.

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I believe that in the future we will be able to control better our to aggressive energy.

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Very good news are that there is fortunately not enough money to fulfill all NASA ambitious plans (like to put US astronauts back on the moon by 2020 to establish manned lunar bases for further exploration of Mars) ....what gives humanity time to become a little bit more mature before taking next step into space discovery.

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Please, feel free to share in comments your personal opinion.

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Comments 31 comments

Patty Inglish, MS profile image

Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America

24 gallons of H2O; now that's a weight of 192 pounds on Earth. That well could be statistically significant as a discovery, BUT not a whole lot of water overall, is it?

Anyway, it's a reason (some say "excuse") to return to manned exploration of the moon and keep NASA in operation. I'm all for continuing to explore Luna and space for the joy and interest of discovery alone. Homer Hickam wrote a novel about the discovery of energy sources on the moon - very good book. Back to the Moon (1999). It could happen.

Thumbs up!


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you, Patty for your comment. I am also FOR discovery, but a more wise one. I also want to see people exploring the Universe much more, but with more responsibility, and with more tender energy...

Thank you very much for your comment and visit.


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kartika damon 7 years ago from Fairfield, Iowa

Tatjana, very interesting hub! I hate to think of what we will to on other planets. We haven't taken very good care of our own! I agree we need to fix the problems here on earth. Kartika


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you very much for your comment, Kartika. I really hope that by the time we start to live somewhere else in universe, humanity will become more responsible.

Thanks for your support.


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Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

Was the 24 gallons the amount found in one limited sample? Does it indicate that there is more? I don't think it means that the 24 gallons represents all of the water that might be available.


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NotMyself 7 years ago from Current.

I just wish that mankind does not expand further into the galaxy to pollute and cause chaos that is likened to the current situations here on earth. I doubt that humanity can change enough to save this planet let alone in space. We are a plague, it would seem.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Hi, Rochelle,

You are correct. It might be more, but it means new bombing is needed. So every gallon will costs more the 3 millions of US$.

It is known that Moon is dry... so it is like we try to find source of water in Sahara.... Altough Sahara also has small amounts of water...when and if is raining, what happens so rarely tha nobody would rely on water in Sahara.

If somebody tries to use water on Moon as fuel for spaceships, which need tremendous quantity of fuel, cannot rely on few gallons of water...and bombing Luna everytime few gallons are needed.

Very soon there would not be Luna any more, what would create horrible impact on our planet.

In addition to that spaceships DO NOT USE WATER AS FUEL:

"Limited sample" is 18-20 yards of crater.... it is very big crater for one bathtube of water, you must admit.

It is not only NASA involved in water research on Moon, do not take me wrong, NASA just realized that idea. All countries which are involved in space exploration are questioning this topic...

Thank you very much for your visit and comment, Rochelle, so glad to see you here.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Dear Sandy, I deeply believe in humanity behaving better in the future...some time in the future, altough when I hear what we are doing...it is hard to belive, sometimes....But I am very sure that climate change will shape us to focus more on our Earth. Thank you very much for your visit and comment...


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NotMyself 7 years ago from Current.

I do hope so Tatjana. It is discouraging to me in a way. Oh, and congrats being featured in the Hub weekly and thanks for the props!

-hugs for you-


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

My dear Sandy THANK YOU! You have been my support all the time.

Love and Hugs...and peace of course...


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Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

Spaceships do not use water for fuel-- but they do use hydrogen, which is a big part of water, and the astronauts could use the oxygen that is left over from separating the hydrogen out.

If the water is limited... maybe they could send up some camels.

Every time something is done in space-- people complain about the money being spent. Yes I think it should remain moderate. However, it is not like they are sending money to the moon to leave it lying around in the dust. The money that is spent-- is spent here on earth, providing jobs for people here on earth.

Do we want a bunch of unemployed scientists and engineers and fabricators and miners unemployed? think of the damage they might do. .. and I'm only half joking about that last part... and the camels.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Yes, Tatjana-Mihaela. I'm all for exloration--deep sapce resarch is more like it. Does NASa realize how many people they can feed with $79? I'm with you on this one. Thank you for a great hub. I really enjoyed reading it.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Rochelle, you are wonderful, camels might be the best solution...

I agree with you... unemployment is certainly big problem. And I also agree, that some people, if not employed create only damage.

I do not mind if NASA spends a lot of money, because I enjoy in most of NASA programms, just not to destroy around the universe when is useless...and leave the pollution and damage on another planets as well. Moon is just not the place were efficient amount of water can be found... and researches around the world just stubbornly want to prove the opposite. The water which they found is the most probably naturally coming from universe, because molecules of water do exist in interstellar clouds...Our planet also receives the water on that way as well.

Thank you so much for your visit and comments....


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you so much, Dohn, for your visit, support and opinion....

BTW, I would not feed the people with this money, I would invest the money in green technology and employ the people working on such projects, so this money would have much bigger value at the end...and will make something great for future of this planet.


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tim-tim 7 years ago from Normal, Illinois

Interesting hub! Out of the world:)Thanks!


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you very much, tim-tim, grateful for your visit and comment.


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quicksand 7 years ago

Take me to the moon, Tanja, I am thirsty!


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

He, he, quicksand, I do not want to kill you: water on Moon is radioactive.

I need you here....


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contentmaster 7 years ago

I think Tatyana, you are a secret Croatian agent who wants to sabotage Nasa space exploration by demoralization and take attention to Croation Space invasion forces :)


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Ha, ha, ha, ha, yes, but unfortunately volunteering for non-existing Croatian Space forces, so they do not pay me at all, because they do not know they exist.

You and Quicksand have given the best comments here!

Thank you so much for making me laugh, Contentmaster.


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Ms Chievous 7 years ago from Wv

Don't you think for 79 million dollars we could scare up an alien or two? If we gave Stephen Speilburg 79 million I am sure he could provide us with some aliens! It just seems like we are spending money friviously and getting little results. Water on the moon is very significant but what is the price we are really paying to find out. That 79 million could do so much good here on earth. Do you think if we really really found aliens or other life that we the general public would have access to that info?


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

This is excellent comment Ms Chievous. What I consider as "funny" or/and sad is that humans do not have money for green technology which we desperately need or health insurance but have money to spend on such spectacles which could really wait...or on wars or....

I am afraid that water on Moon has nothing to do with resources of water underneath the surface: this water comes from universe, space-clouds just bring water to all planets and moons every day.,,as well as comets and meteors.

Only one bath-tube of ice found while such big crater is made, proves my observations.

I appreciate your original comment very much.

Thank you for the visit.


ralwus 7 years ago

Great hub Tatjana. I too am troubled at how they are polluting space as well as our atmosphere with every launch.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you so much, CC - for your support! A little bit more patience and thinking before acting would certainly bring this world much more relief...


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EOCedeno 7 years ago from Mactan Island,Cebu,Philippines

hi,am new to hubpages and now checking out all the topics on this site. your hub is very informative. i am at awe about anything about space. thanks for this great info.

since you mentioned about water being made into fuel. here is something that i want to share http://www.groundreport.com/World/Philippine-Heavy... i am from the philippines and from the grapevine it is said that the fuel for those space shuttles come from the philippine deep or surigao deep for that matter. the article am sharing is kind of verifying this. so no need to waste those precious dollars for 24 gals of water.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Welcome to Hubpages EOCedeno. Wishing you to enjoy here, at least as much as I do.

I will check your link, and you can also write an article about that topic, of course if you want.

Thank you for comment and visit!


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shanekruger 7 years ago

Very informative hub, you doing a superb job on hubpages.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you very much Shanekruger.


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bill yon 7 years ago from sourcewall

24 gallons of water on the moon is a very important find,that means that beneath the moon is a source of flowing water maybe a underground ocean.the 24 gallons had to have come from a source,a body of water somewhere on the moon.this is a very important discovery for all of mankind,this means that colonalazation of the moon is possible,because there is water there that can support life,also the human race will have to leave earth if we want to survive,we have a young sun which means we have a few billion years of life on earth but one day our sun will collapse and turn into a blackhole wiping out our solar system,I know that billions of years is a long time but oneday this will happen so that is another reason for space exploration,searching for planets that can sustain human life so when our sun dies the human race will live on in a galaxy far far away.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Well, bill yon, unfortunately 24 gallons of water does not mean that is more under the surface. All water on Moon (actually ice) could be on surface, because water naturaly comes on moons and planets with the help of metheors, interstellar clouds etc.

The crater was made in the dark part of moon, crater is 20 yards wide...made very deep hole and only one bathtube of water was found.

I am FOR space exploration, not against it.

Just bombing the other planets is a little bit too much for taste of many. We have not shown appreciation for the planet Earth, and is not polite from us to go around the universe and do the same.

Thank you very much for your opinion I am very happy to hear what other people think.


Joe Blow 7 years ago

Well, it does seem a little pricy, but, it does confirm that there is water on the moon. They won't need to "bomb" it everytime they want to look for water. The moon is covered in crates as it is, and the one that we just created isn't very large, compared to the overall size of the moon. The point in bombing it, was to find out how deep they need to start looking for water, which could be used to help sustain a colony there, or, provide fuel like they've said.

As far as using H2O for fuel, they wouldn't need alot of it, in order to go somewhere. Since the craft would already be in space, there's minimal gravity that it would have to go against to gain momentum, meaning, less fuel is needed, and someday that 24 gallons they found, could be enough for a ship to return to Earth, or be used to further explore the cosmos, with the ships finding either other moons or asteroids and other space debris to get more water/fuel as they progress.

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