Thursday, September 24, 2009

Moon River...

It's Official: Water has been found on the Moon!

Since man first travled to the Moon and brought pieces of it back to Earth, scientists have thought that the lunar surface was bone dry, but new observations from three different spacecraft have apparently found the presence of water on the Moon…kind of.

And by kind of, I mean it’s in very small amounts (one ton of the top layer of the lunar surface would hold about thirty-two ounces of water), and that a lot of it is not comprised of a complete molecule of water, but is instead found as a hydroxyl molecule (OH-), a water molecule with a hydrogen atom stripped off.

Also, the amounts seem to fluctuate in rhythm with the lunar day, so it looks like the Sun has something to do with this. Scientists speculate the hydrogen in the solar wind may be blasting the surface of the Moon, freeing oxygen from the rocks there and binding with it to form OH- and water.

Of course, there may be water below the surface and one easy way to find out how much is to crash a probe into it!

Finding water on the moon would be a boon to possible future lunar bases, acting as a potential source of drinking water and fuel.

I was thinking of a way to market this new discovery and there appears to already be a company that distributes bottled water named: Moon Water The Low Gravity Water.

So, after it's colonized I'm thinking of building a microbrewery on the surface of the Moon.

Lunar Brew/Moonshine made from real Moon water. Delicious.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

International Talk Like A Pirate Day!

Avast, ye scallywags! Today is International Talk Like A Pirate Day!
The observance, started by John "Ol' Chumbucket" Baur and Mark "Cap'n Slappy" Summers, gained widespread renown when it was mentioned by Dave Barry in his nationally syndicated newspaper column seven years ago.
Talk Like a Pirate Day came to be when Baur and Summers, in the middle of a friendly raquetball match, found the game was more fun when punctuated with pirate utterances so they decided to make a day of it. Since then, the day has spawned celebrations around the world, including pirate-themed bar crawls, charity walks and plenty of other events with a healthy dose of pirattitude.