Mining the Moon

by guest author Josh B.

There is a lot of activity going in at NASA at the moment. By now, almost everyone should be aware of the latest mission to Pluto and some of the discoveries made there. Now there is a plan in the works to establish a permanent colony on our own moon, Luna. NASA believes that there is water within the moon’s crust that can be used to create rocket fuel. This new information comes from a recent unmanned mission to the moon that seemed to indicate the presence of water. Before any such colonization plan can be put into motion, NASA needs to explore this theory further by determining how much water (if any) is actually there and where it is. NASA also wants to use the moon as a staging platform to launch manned missions deeper into our solar system. The lower gravity should make it easier to explore deeper and further than we ever have using manned spacecraft. Using this new launch center on the moon, NASA wants to send a manned mission to Mars as their first foray beyond Earth orbit.

http://www.popsci.com/tiny-lunar-icecube-spacecraft-wants-help-nasa-build-moon-mine

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Akron Fossils & Science Center features hands-on tours and science activities that put knowledge directly in your hands. Our exhibits display many fossils from Ohio and around the world. In addition to our guided tours, we offer a wide variety of enriching science programs, all hands-on and designed to make science and learning fun and meaningful. We also look forward to having you enjoy our 2 1/2 acre outdoor adventure park called Truassic Park. Our park features a 9-hole mini golf course, giant slide, and 200 FT ZIP- LINE! At Akron Fossils & Science Center, participants and visitors become more than observers; they become researchers, experimenters, and even educators. Our exhibits and programs let you experience science first-hand and encourage understanding and deep, critical thought. A trip to Akron Fossils & Science Center provides more than something to do for one day; it ignites a passion for learning and exploration that lasts a lifetime.

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