A new study reveals that the moon might be carrying more water than many knows. Scientists from Brown University, with the help of satellite data, studied various layers of rock embedded in the moon which were possibly formed from massive volcanic eruptions – Lunar pyroclastic deposits. The molten magma formed during these eruptions has been transported to the surface of the moon from its interior.
Water on the moon is not a new phenomenon
Scientists have been clouded with the idea that the moon is dry because of the way it was formed. According to a theory, the giant impact which proposes that the moon was created when an object was filled into the earth about 4.5 billion years ago, the moon is believed to be and an ocean of hot magma and scientists think that it was impossible for such moon to retain water.
The Apollo astronauts came back with samples from the moon; these examples included little beads. These beads contained traces amount of water, but for a long time, it was thought to be water from the earth that got mixed with the beads by accident.
Consequently, scientists had to conduct closer research. After a long while, it was clear that the moon contains a bit of water. Studies carried out earlier suggest that the moon’s poles had some traces office which could be the possible cause of hydrogen that emanates from the solar wind.
The new study shows that there is more than little ice hiding in areas of the moon. The recent findings propose that there are possible pools of water in the moon. And it grows wider. If the moon has water in its mantle, that means that the water came to be during its formation before it got solidified.
Speaking to space.com, the lead author of the research, Ralph Milliken said the inner part of the moon must harbor water since the magma comes from the interior part of the lunar. The possibility of lunar water will make moon missions credible. It will cost very much to convey water from earth to space. Therefore, if water exists in a reasonable quantity on the moon, then there are greater chances of longer-term human presence in the moon during missions.
Space.com reports that the scientists plan to map the pyroclastic deposits to decipher more, the different concentrations of water on the moon. And possibly target those locations for further explorations.