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Cooking Up Water From the Moon? NASA Studies Water Extraction With Microwaves
Steve Roy
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Ala.

Video release: 09-083

Using multi-physics modeling tools, NASA scientists can predict the absorption of microwave energy into the simulated lunar soil as well as the temperature distribution. This 3-D animation shows the heating caused by microwave energy as it penetrates through the simulated lunar soil using a transient multi-physics finite element analysis modeling tool calculation. The colored bands represent locations of constant temperature. These calculations illustrate how the microwave penetration and heating of the lunar soil can be predicted using physics and the dielectric, or nonconducting, properties of the soil. (NASA/MSFC)

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