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As many of you may know, a few years ago NASA announced a mission to send missiles to the moon and explode on impact to collect data. The entire experiment was to see if any water vapor or particles rose up from the crater. If that actually happened, that would provide more hope for a future lunar base. The result of the test isn’t 100% confirmed, but most NASA scientists stated that there was a substantial amount or ice debris found shortly after impact. On October 9th, around 4:30 a.m. the rocket “Centaur” made contact. The Impact was not visible from the naked eye and it could barely be seen with an amateur telescope. The missile slammed into the moon’s South Pole accompanied by a small satellite to document the entire thing. The pictures and videos were very bad quality and yielded no useful information.

But the physical evidence and date provided useful information. It’s a well known fact the moon dust is saturated with oxygen and hydrogen that is why scientists believe there is water. Scientists have been working 28-hour days to analyze the data and now they finally have some answers. They have been working for years to try and discover water sources on the moon, and the experiment was expected to give a definite answer. The idea is that if we ever put people on the moon or establish a base, we can use the water provided rather than bring it along. It can also provide the chemical stability to create rocket fuel and in theory, provide a refueling center for space travel or launch missions from the moon. All these ideas are planning way in the future, but recent studies help with the probability of it actually happening. Scientists say they are done with moon exploration for the next ten years or so. They already have the information they need. James Rose •Staff Writer



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Obama and the Nobel Peace Prize As many people know, President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on October 9th, for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples” during his campaign and past 10 months as president, and went forth to receive the Prize in Norway this week. Since his acceptance of the award, many have scrutinized and put down the idea that President Obama had achieved enough to win such a prestige award. While I am not a strong supporter of some of Obama’s views, I firmly believe that President Obama’s acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize was, if not deserved, extremely significant to our country. Furthermore, the American people should be extremely proud and supportive of our new president for being the winner of such a prestige and sought after award. It is no newsflash that America is in somewhat of a rut; our economy has deteriorated, we are struggling to help thirdworld countries when we ourselves are in a trillion-plus dollar debt, and the world wide out look of America, once one of great respect and envy, is dwindling.

With these factors impacting the American people and our place in the world as the most powerful country, it should be looked upon as an extreme honor to have President Obama win the Nobel Peace Prize. He is now grouped with past winners like Elie Wiesel, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King JR, and Theodore Roosevelt. On December 10, when President Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize, his speech was full of plural usage, with the intention of not just accepting the prize and title for himself, but for the American people on the whole. “I receive this honor with deep gratitude and great humility. It is an award that speaks to our highest aspirations - that for all the cruelty and hardship of our world, we are not mere prisoners of fate. Our actions matter, and can bend history in the direction of justice.”

Accepting the Noble Peace Prize was, in simplicity, the smartest thing Obama’s done as president. All the while being scrutinized on whether or not he was deserving of the Prize by the American public, world leaders, and even the White House, not accepting the Peace Prize would have been a fiasco. Whether or not President Obama should have won the Noble Peace Prize, shouldn’t be a debate anymore; as said at close in the President’s speech, we must not lose faith in our country, our people, and in our President.

For if we lose that faith - if we dismiss it as silly or naïve; if we divorce it from the decisions that we make on issues of war and peace then we lose what is best about humanity.

“The non-violence practiced by men like Gandhi and King may not have been practical or possible in every circumstance,

but the love that they preached their faith in human progress must always be the North Star that guides us on our journey. For if we lose that faith - if we dismiss it as silly or naïve; if we divorce it from the decisions that we make on issues of war and peace - then we lose what is best about humanity. We lose our sense of possibility. We lose our moral compass.” - Megan Freeman

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