Water Discovered on Moon’s Surface Points to Water Within

This 70mm handheld camera’s view of the moon, photographed during the Apollo 16 mission’s lunar orbit, features crater Bullialdus

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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Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at www.amooseinamapletree.com. She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

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