More water has been discovered on the Moon – and there is a lot of it according to a recent Science Express journal article. Erik Hauri, of the Carnegie Institute for Science, reported that Moon magma trapped inside crystals collected by Apollo 17 astronauts in the 1970s contain 100 times more water than previously measured.

The new measurements were made with a state-of-the-art NanoSIMS 50L ion microprobe looking at volcanic glass beads (orange due to high titanium content deposited on the Moon's surface eons ago from volcanic eruptions.

"The bottom line," explained Alberto Saal, one of the paper’s authors, in a press release, "is that in 2008, we said the primitive water content in the lunar magmas should be similar to the water content in lavas coming from the Earth's depleted upper mantle. Now, we have proven that is indeed the case."

The findings build upon the last year’s NASA LCROSS (Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite) mission that kicked-up more water from the Moon’s surface than previously thought.

The LCROSS rocket booster and spacecraft impacted the Cabeus Crater, one of the coldest places in the solar system, and showed that large amount of water ice, carbon monoxide, ammonia and the mercury are held in the lunar soils.

Finding large quantities of water means that future human habitation of the Moon will be much easier. Water can provide fuel (hydrogen) and oxygen, as well as a drinking water source after filtration and processing. It also calls into question the creation theory of the Moon, assumed to be from an impact the Earth had with a large heavenly body during its proto-creation early life.

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Via Media-Newswire & Lunar Science Institute

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