Can We Use Silicon Oxide Bags to Fly to the Moon?

In summary, the tides on Earth are primarily due to the moon's gravity, although the moon also consists of silicon oxide which acts as a moist absorber. While there may be other factors at play, such as the sun's gravity and atmospheric and crustal tides, these do not have as significant an effect as the moon's gravity. Additionally, there is no evidence to suggest that there is any attraction between the SiO2 and water when there is space between them.
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It is said that the tides on Earth are due to the moon's gravity. But the moon consists half of silicon oxide, the stuff that also comes with the new camera/shoes in that little bag, and acts like a moist absorber. So maybe there are two reasons for the tides?
 
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Consider:

1) there's a high tide on the opposite side of Earth too. Away from the Moon.
2) the tides affect everything the Earth is made of, not just water.
3) gravity accounts for all the observations; there's no room for an additional effect
4) moisture absorbers don't work like that
 
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mark! said:
It is said that the tides on Earth are due to the moon's gravity. But the moon consists half of silicon oxide, the stuff that also comes with the new camera/shoes in that little bag, and acts like a moist absorber. So maybe there are two reasons for the tides?
That is hilarious. I normally report these utter-nonsense posts but I got such a chuckle out of this that I'm going to hope they leave it up. :smile:
 
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I meant is it certain that SiO2 only absorbs water through direct contact, and there's no attraction at all when there is space (literally) in between them?

And if it's gravity of the moon that attracts the water, why do we only see water attraction and nothing else that goes up, or wants to go up, to the moon?
 
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Oh ... you were SERIOUS

Yes, it is certain that with a couple of hundred thousand miles between them, the water and the Si02 don't even know of each others existence (other than through gravity)

Everything DOES want to go to the moon (that is, is attracted by the moon's gravity). It just wants to stay on Earth more. And since it's all held down by gravity or other bonds, it stays down. The water has more freedom of motion and so shows what is by comparison to the distances involved a trivial effect. It just seems noticeable to us because it's significant by human standards. A few feet out of several hundred thousand miles is pretty insignificant.
 
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mark! said:
It is said that the tides on Earth are due to the moon's gravity...

you also forgot about the Sun's gravity effect on the Earth and its oceans
 
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mark! said:
why do we only see water attraction and nothing else that goes up, or wants to go up, to the moon?
"Nothing else?" Wrong. There are atmospheric and crustal tides. Viscosity of the crust is such that you don't notice it creeping up over your feet twice a day, and technically you are part of the crust so are moving with it rather than remaining independent of lunar gravitation. The atmospheric tides are difficult to sort out from diurnal heating and cooling, but are there.
 
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mark! said:
I meant is it certain that SiO2 only absorbs water through direct contact, and there's no attraction at all when there is space (literally) in between them?

And if it's gravity of the moon that attracts the water, why do we only see water attraction and nothing else that goes up, or wants to go up, to the moon?
Lets tie lots of bags of SiO2 together to a capsule and fly to the Moon! ;)

Garth

EDIT Oh No! I've got it wrong - it would go the wrong way. :)) Nevermind perhaps NASA could use it to get back from the Moon!:):rolleyes::D
 
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Garth said:
Lets tie lots of bags of SiO2 together to a capsule and fly to the Moon! ;)

Garth

EDIT Oh No! I've got it wrong - it would go the wrong way. :)) Nevermind perhaps NASA could use it to get back from the Moon!:):rolleyes::D
Right ... you got it backwards ... we have to tie bags of water together to fly to the moon.
 

1. What is silicon oxide on the moon?

Silicon oxide, also known as silica, is a compound made up of silicon and oxygen atoms. It is commonly found on the surface of the moon in the form of fine dust particles.

2. How did silicon oxide get on the moon?

Silicon oxide is believed to have been brought to the moon through a process known as "sputtering". This occurs when high-energy particles from the sun, such as solar wind, collide with the surface of the moon, causing the atoms in the lunar soil to become electrically charged and be carried away into space. Eventually, these particles can reach the moon and deposit on its surface, including silicon oxide.

3. What is the significance of silicon oxide on the moon?

The presence of silicon oxide on the moon is significant because it can provide valuable information about the history and evolution of the moon. It is also a potential resource for future human explorers, as it can be used to create oxygen and other materials.

4. Can silicon oxide be found in other places besides the moon?

Yes, silicon oxide is a common compound found on Earth and other planets in our solar system. It is also found in rocks and minerals on Earth, such as quartz and sand.

5. How is silicon oxide being studied on the moon?

Scientists use various instruments and techniques, such as remote sensing and sample analysis, to study the presence and properties of silicon oxide on the moon. This information can be gathered through spacecraft missions, lunar rovers, and analysis of samples brought back to Earth by the Apollo missions.

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