It is the North American scientists at Brown University, who have now found evidence that water is contained inside the Moon. The results of this study were published this Monday.
In fact, there may even be water inside the Moon, including a larger amount than previously thought. So, scientists at Brown University in the United States, one of the most respected universities in the world, say.
This study was published this week by Nature, and highlights the existence of water “trapped in groundwater” resulting from the volcanic eruptions that devastated lunar soil millions of years ago, said Ralph Milliken, lead author of the study. CNN.
“The fact that almost all of these (volcanic deposits) showed signs of water suggests that the interior of the Moon is wet”, the university said in a statement.
On the surface, this finding may motivate a future mission to the Moon, since water can potentially be extracted from underground deposits. Although these volcanic reserves do not have much water, there is a lot of material to work with, some of these sheets occupy thousands of square kilometers and reach several kilometers deep, Milliken said. “It’s more water than expected”.
And this is not the first-time water is recognized on the Moon. As early as 2009, NASA made the same announcement, but this time it referred to small amounts. Some scientists believe that these small reservoirs were created by the interaction of solar winds with hydrogen at high altitudes, since the Moon is devoid of atmosphere. However, the 2009 study also demonstrates small amounts of solid-state water at the Moon’s poles.
It was initially believed that the Moon had no water at a time when the Apollo missions began in the 1960s. But this notion quickly changed in 2008 when samples from the 1971 and 1972 missions were again analyzed and demonstrated the existence of small crystals of water.
Scientists at Brown University have analyzed new satellite images of the Moon and found that the water distribution is fairly uniform.
“This distribution of these water deposits is the key to everything: they are scattered in such a way that leads us to believe that the water found in the Apollo mission samples is not a coincidence”.