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Water From Moon's Interior Detected for 1st Time

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Scientists have detected water on the moon's surface that originates from deep inside it, for the first time.


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Michael O (176)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 8:33 pm
The discovery is a major breakthrough in research being done on lunar water. The water — known as magmatic water — was detected using data from NASA's Moon Minerology Mapper (M3). Magmatic water is usually released to the atmosphere during a volcanic eruption.

"For many years researchers believed that the rocks from the moon were bone dry and that any water detected in the Apollo samples had to be contamination from Earth," said Rachel Klima, a planetary geologist whose a member of the NASA Lunar Science Institute's Scientific and Exploration Potential of the Lunar Poles team.

"The interior of the moon is not as dry as we previously thought."

Data used was taken from the minerology mapper when the M3 was aboard the Indian Space Research Organization’s Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft in 2009. During that mission, the M3 fully imaged the crater Bullialdus on the moon.

"The exposure of these rocks [at the central peak of the crater] …enabled us to quantify the amount of internal water in these rocks," explains Klima, whose findings are published in Nature Geoscience.

The internal magmatic water provides crucial information about volcanic processes on the moon and its internal composition.

"Understanding the internal composition helps us address questions about how the moon formed and how magmatic processes changed as it cooled."

In the end, more information about the moon's water will help expand understanding of where else it might exist on Earth's closest celestial neighbour. As well, finding sources of water on the moon means people can live on it without having to get water shipped from Earth.

Bob P (394)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 3:26 pm

Malgorzata Zmuda (202)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 11:23 am

Elke H (97)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 11:28 am
Wow. We all need water an we're about out of it. quit watering lawns and going to the carwash. Great article, thanks

Mike M (8)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 11:28 am
Now would it be something if they found it came from Earth, Mars Thera or from someplace completely unknown

Patricia H. (440)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 11:30 am

Waltraud U (85)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 12:08 pm
All the taxpayermoney goes to researches to other planets brings failure on our own planet, our own citizens, our own wildlife etc.... here is not enough money - should it be a joke or what is this ??

but very interesting - who is the winner ??



Aileen P (39)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 3:10 pm
Thank you for sharing.

Roger G (148)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 3:27 pm
noted, thanks

Birgit W (160)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 5:29 pm
Interesting, thanks.

Mitchell D (82)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 7:04 pm
Fascinating! But don't book your hotel reservation just yet. With no atmosphere that water might be tainted by cosmic rays

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 7:28 pm
Noted. Thanks, Michael. So, it looks like the moon isn't completely dead after all. Interesting.

John Mansky (26)
Friday August 30, 2013, 4:54 am
Water,water everywhere,but not a drop to drink...

Freya H (345)
Friday August 30, 2013, 7:50 am
OK, will this motivate us to get together with other nations and build a permanent moonbase? We are clever apes, so we should be able to tap this water. Yes, we can be a plague - but La Lune is already essentially dead, what harm can we do there?

Pogle S (88)
Friday August 30, 2013, 11:02 am
Interesting but pointless

Jaime Alves (52)
Friday August 30, 2013, 1:01 pm
Noted, thanks.

Sergio Padilla (65)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 3:07 pm
So cool! There is so much we don't know!

Ann B (60)
Monday September 2, 2013, 12:26 pm
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