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http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/tech/2009/11/13/sot.nasa.moon.nasa.html

After I saw an article posted on Coasttocoastam.com the other night, I wrote to the e-mail address to learn a little more...

Sent: Friday, August 06, 2010 1:06 AM
To: Holmes, Whitney Susan
Subject: Water on the Moon

Is the water on the Moon drinkable in its present state, or would
there have to be some refinement made to it so that humans can safely
consume it?

Thank you for your time and response.

And today I received the following answer...

Hi Barbara-

Thanks for your interest. As I understand it, more refinement would be
needed, but not as much as previously thought with this discovery and now
they have more to work from since the elements are on the inside and not
just the outside.

Here is what Yang wrote to me on the topic of water and future
settlement:

"With the cost of $25,000 for taking one pint of water to the Moon, it
is essential that we develop processes of producing water from the
materials on the Moon. This is paramount to human settlement of the Moon
in the near future. This water would be of most value as rocket fuel -
liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen. Until the recent discovery of water
in and on the Moon, this was going to be a very energy-intensive
endeavor to separate these elements from the lunar rocks and soil. Now
we have ready sources of water that can be consumed by plants and
humans, but also electrolyzed into its constituent elements - O2 and H2.
There are many future directions in order to address questions such as
exactly how much water there is inside the Moon, how the water got
there, and what effects it has in the early formation and evolution of
the Moon, et cetera."

Let me know if you have any more questions.

Thanks,
Whitney

Whitney Holmes
Media Relations Coordinator
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
office phone: (865) 974-5460
e-mail: wholmes7@utk.edu
fax: (865) 974-6435

So there you have it, and there is the information on how to contact her.

May I please insist that you NOT accuse her or anyone else of knowing this for years, or use her as a battering ram for UFO questions. If you genuinely have a question ABOUT harvesting water on the Moon's surface, please be respectful and use good grammar when you write or call. SHE is not the enemy, and could be a valuable source of information as this project progresses. Let's please not be impolite or judgemental of her; she's a high-quality, well-educated messenger, and deserves to be addressed with bonafide questions that make sense to a scholar.

David, I'm certain you'll have some interesting discussions with her.

Thanks, Tweaked

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