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Wednesday, November 18 12:00 AM ET

NASA's Ambitious Plan to Bottle Water from the Moon

By Brian Briggs follow me on Twitter.
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Houston, TX - Americans pay over $10 billion a year for bottled water from locations like Fiji, Poland Springs and France. Now they'll get to try water from an even more exotic locale: the Moon.

America's space agency, NASA, announced an ambitious mission to bring water back from the moon and sell it under the Aqualuna brand.

NASA spokesperson Bob Geiger said, "With funds for NASA hard to come by, we have to have innovative ideas to finance projects. After the initial launch we expect this mission to be self-funding."

Engineers at NASA will build an orbiting satellite, which will use a giant "straw" to suck water off the surface of the moon. Modified space shuttles will then ferry the water back to Earth.

Don't expect the moon water to be cheap, not only does the water have to travel a long distance, but the weight-loss properties of the lower gravity water will be highly desirable.

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Geiger said not to be surprised if the price hits the "high four figures" for a single liter bottle. "It's pricey, but this is water from the freaking moon."

If successful, NASA could provide water to other beverage makers to make their own Moon brand drink. It might not be long before you're sitting on your deck, looking up at the moon and sipping on Moon Lager Lite from Miller.

Details of the mission can be found on the NASA Web site at http://www.nasa.gov/projectinsanity

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