Water Discovered on Moon’s Surface Points to Water Within
For the first time from lunar orbit, scientists have detected “magmatic water,” which originates from deep within the Moon’s interior, on the surface of the Moon, reports the National Atmospheric and Space Administration, NASA.
NASA-funded lunar research has yielded evidence of water locked in mineral grains on the surface of the Moon from an unknown source deep beneath the surface.
The research findings, published August 25 in the journal “Nature Geoscience,” represent the first detection of this form of water from a spacecraft orbiting the Moon. Earlier studies had shown the existence of magmatic water in lunar samples returned during NASA’s Apollo program, which landed men on the Moon in April 1972.
This magmatic water discovery relies on data from NASA’s Moon Mineralogy Mapper, M3, an instrument aboard the Indian Space Research Organization’s Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft.
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