Thursday, March 4, 2010

Presence of water in Moon path-breaking discovery: Nair

Kochi, Mar 5 (PTI) Describing the recent discovery of thick ice deposits on the Moon as path-breaking, former ISRO chairman G Madhavan Nair said it opens up a vast avenue for human exploration.

\"This is the first time NASA and ISRO have confirmed the availability of water on moon. Huge ice sheets were found in the polar regions of the moon. This is a path-breaking finding as it was earlier believed there was a vacuum in the moon,\" Nair, during whose tenure unmanned lunar mission Chandrayaan I was launched, said.

\"The presence of water gives many ideas.Water can be split with sunlight to get oxygen and hydrogen. While oxygen can be used by human explorers, hydrogen can be used as fuel either to generate electricity or use as rocket fuel for the return journey or even attempt a Mars mission from the Moon,\" he said.

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