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The moon's interior may harbor 100 times more water than previous estimates, according to a new study that took a fresh look at samples of moon rocks collected by Apollo astronauts nearly 40 years ago.
The researchers determined that the lunar water likely originated early in the moon's formation history, suggesting that it is, in fact, native to the moon.
Scientists at the Carnegie Institution's Geophysical Laboratory, and other colleagues, said it's likely that the water was preserved from the hot magma that was present when the moon began to form – some 4.5 billion years ago.
"When the rocks were first returned from the Apollo missions, it was pretty obvious that they were really dry," Francis McCubbin, lead author of the study, told SPACE.com. "A lot of people attributed the dry nature to something fundamental about how the moon formed. I think an estimate was thrown out there of less than 1 part per billion (ppb) water, because the presumption was that there was almost no water on the moon."
Moon Has 100 Times More Water, New Study Suggests
By Denise Chow
SPACE.com Staff Writer
posted: 14 June 2010
03:02 pm ET
the basic crux of my thread is not amounts of water on the moon ( i do not wish to swim there) it is about the nature in which this information has been released.
Originally posted by Lysergic
LOL ol john lear was right.
and we called him crazy.