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Evidence of water spotted on the moon's surface by a sharp-eyed spacecraft likely originated from an unknown source deep in the lunar interior, scientists say. The find — made by NASA's Moon Mineralogy Mapper instrument aboard India's Chandrayaan-1 probe — marks the first detection of such "magmatic water" from lunar orbit and confirms analyses performed recently on moon rocks brought to Earth by Apollo astronauts four decades ago,
"The rocks in the central peak of the crater are of a type called norite that usually crystallizes when magma ascends but gets trapped underground instead of erupting at the surface as lava. Bullialdus crater is not the only location where this rock type is found, but the exposure of these rocks combined with a generally low regional water abundance enabled us to quantify the amount of internal water in these rocks."
Not liquid water, not ice. The water was incorporated with the minerals during the formation of the Moon. Vulcanism (and impacts) brought those minerals to the surface.
It does appear that there could very well be water deep beneath the moon surface.
Yeah. And great deal of processing in order to retrieve a pretty small amount of water. But it could be done.
So, as of now, if anyone wanted to try to pull that water form the surface it would mean tearing up the surface of the moon; right?