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Moon water hints at deep undergound source


Posted on Wednesday, 28 August, 2013 | Comment icon 10 comments


Water could prove invaulable for future manned missions. Image Credit: NASA

Scientists have discovered signs of water on the moon's surface that has come from deep underground.

The discovery was made using data from NASA's Moon Mineralogy Mapper aboard the Indian Space Research Organization's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft. This 'magmatic' water is locked inside mineral grains and is believed to originate deep down below the surface.

While evidence of magmatic water was also picked up on examination of samples returned during the Apollo landings, this discovery represents the first time such water has been found from orbit.

"Now that we have detected water that is likely from the interior of the moon, we can start to compare this water with other characteristics of the lunar surface," said planetary geologist Rachel Klima.

Once thought to be an utterly dry world, the moon has been offering a constant stream of surprises over the last few years. Back in 2009 water was also discovered at the moon's polar regions in the form of a thin layer of ice.

   
Source: NASA | Comments (10)

Tags: Moon, Water, NASA, Lunar


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by seeder on 28 August, 2013, 9:02
New Evidence Of Water Below The Moon’s Surface Scientists writing in the journal Nature Geoscience say they have found potential evidence of water below the surface of our Moon. NASA-funded researchers, using data from the space agency’s Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) instrument aboard the Indian Space Research Organization’s Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, have detected magmatic water, or water that originates from deep within the lunar interior. This is the first time scientists have detected this form of water from lunar orbit, however, earlier studies have pointed to the existen... [More]
Comment icon #2 Posted by Eldorado on 28 August, 2013, 10:02
Water as old as the moon? lol
Comment icon #3 Posted by MrBene on 28 August, 2013, 10:28
Lunar people can make coffee now.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Sundew on 28 August, 2013, 14:09
Can't you just see an astronaut on the moon with a dousing rod in his hand!
Comment icon #5 Posted by moonshadow60 on 28 August, 2013, 14:44
I'm picturing Nestle's tapping that water and selling it to earthlings as "spring water."
Comment icon #6 Posted by Aggie on 28 August, 2013, 15:18
I think it will be a bit difficult to separate magmatic water from magma before you can make coffee or before the 'lovely' Nestle CEO says it should be labelled! lol
Comment icon #7 Posted by moonshadow60 on 28 August, 2013, 16:58
Good!
Comment icon #8 Posted by pallidin on 28 August, 2013, 17:25
I don't know much about astronomy, but if the moon did come from the earth(resulting from a massive impact), I suppose that water could be one of the constituents.
Comment icon #9 Posted by brlesq1 on 28 August, 2013, 19:13
Bottled moon water...there's a selling point for you.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Hatake Kakashi on 28 August, 2013, 21:59
I posted a topic about China going to the Moon by the end of the year. I'm hoping they can investigate this evidence.


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