November 2010 Meeting

Monday, November 8, 2010
6:00 - 7:30 pm

Pellissippi State Technical Community College
10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville
J.L. Goins Administration Building, Cafeteria Annex


The Now Watery Moon

Yang Liu
Planetary Geosciences Institute
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee

As indispensible substance for life and supply to be made into rocket fuels, water is one of the most important resources for space exploration.  The idea of using Moon, our nearest celestial neighbor, as a space station has always been discussed because the abundant resources it holds.  One of the hindrances is that the Moon has always been regarded as &ldquobone-dry&rdquo for the last 40 years.  However, this view is changing rapidly owing to several recent reports of discovering &ldquowater&rdquo on the surface and in the interior of the Moon.  I have been fortunate to participate in some of the research that led to the report of water in the Moon.  In this talk, I will review these recent exciting results and the implications in understanding the lunar differentiation and exploration.


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