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Nov 30 2015

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Lunar solar wind absorption…not entirely passive or evenly distributed

Unexpected activity on the Moon. The article says that this will have implications on the amount of surface water at various locations.

Charles Lue holds a lunar globe showing the reflection of solar wind from magnetic fields of the lunar crust. The strongest reflection takes place in the areas marked in red on the lunar globe. Montage: photo Hans Huybrighs.

I can think of a couple of other implications for this finding.

  1. Humans would be more protected from Solar Wind in the red areas compared to the blue areas, so a red area toward the southern pole where we already know a lot of ice is located may be an optimum place to put a human colony.
  2. Alternately, if one were to mine Helium 3 (or HeThree, as we call it around here) from the surface of the moon for your ship’s fusion reactor (ala the main energy source in my book Ships & Stones), I think you’d want a blue area between two red areas (like about 20 degrees South of the equator in the image). I would imagine the local magnetic field lines reinforce each other driving more solar wind to the surface there.

Hmmm…I think I should do some lunar land speculating…

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