If you haven't already heard, NASA is planning to explode a bomb shot by a missile on the moon. The purpose? To have the explosion project particles into space so that we can detect them and find out whether or not there is water on our moon.
Why? So we can consume it. Shipping water to the moon is very costly and difficult. If we find water there, astronauts can travel there and filter whatever water they need. Sounds plausible enough right?
Here is my beef.
- We are struggling financially as a planet. Setting off insanely expensive bombs to find out whether or not we can save money in the future seems counter-intuitive to me.
- We are eventually going to the moon anyway. How about the next time we take a trip, one of the expeditions goes on a search?
- If it turns out there is a little tiny bit of water on the moon, why are we so anxious to eject it into space?
- We don't truly understand gravity (http://tinyurl.com/mcq2u6). Who is to say things won't react strangely on the moon when we nuke it?
1. Do we truly know the consistency of the moon? What if the moon is a delicate fossil and we nuke it collapsing it into a shell of its former self or shattering it into our own little asteroid belt or ring. That sort of disaster would be catastrophic for our environment and female ovulation schedules. Dare I say it? Year long PMS???? XO
2. Space is vast and empty, what if the moon reacts like a balloon and the propulsion from the explosion ejects the matter from it and the dust is sucked out into space by momentum alone, escaping the light moon's gravity?
3. What if that same propulsion is enough force, on the moon, to push it just one inch farther away from the Earth. That can do insurmountable damage.
4. What if all goes well and instead we only consume all the water on the planet. Water is HEAVY. NASA understands this and is why they don't want to ship it. That weight adds to the moons mass. What happens if we change that delicate balance?
I believe this is just a stupid idea designed to keep scientists busy, employed and and the media interested. I was able to get my hands on a top secret NASA diagram and I have uploaded it risking my freedom. Enjoy.
Shoot the moon!
P.S. That's not a banana eating a celery stick.
More info on the impact.
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