Scientists say that the moon is full of water.
In previous studies, was discovered traces of water in covered shadow the icy regions of the poles of the satellite, however, the results of a new study conducted by experts at brown University, I propose to look deeper, indicating that a significant amount of water may be hiding inside the moon rocks.
Unlike water at the lunar poles, which may be due to the hydrogen entering the satellite with the solar winds, the water in the lunar mantle could appear in the early stages of the formation of the satellite, said the geologist of brown University Ralph Milliken in an interview with the portal Space.com.
In a study published in the journal Nature Geoscience, Milliken and his team describes the analysis of pyroclastic deposits – breed, which was most likely formed by volcanic eruptions. For the analysis, the researchers used data collected by the spectrometer Moon Mineralogy Mapper ISRO orbital lunar probe “Chandrayaan-1”.
“Our results show that almost the entire stock of pyroclastic deposits contains water. It seems that this is a characteristic of magmatic material released on the surface from the lunar depths. From this we can conclude that the main part of the mantle of the moon may be “wet”,” — said in an interview with Milliken.
How large supplies of water could be under the surface of the moon, for scientists still remains a mystery. According to the team Millikan, it could be delivered “as a result of a powerful piercing blow.” A more accurate solution to this issue could help us to explain how water appeared on our planet.
Even more interesting, this discovery looks at the background of potential future colonization of the satellite and beyond.
“To extract these deposits it will be much easier than to access presumably water ice in dark regions of the poles of the satellite. The water is too heavy, so in space it will deliver very expensive. The possibility of obtaining it on the moon, instead of taking her with him from the Ground, opens broad potential for permanent human presence on the moon,” added Milliken in an interview.
Especially useful this will be for future missions to Mars, the development of which is underway now. For the same space Agency NASA news and altogether wonderful, as the Agency plans to use the moon, not the Earth as a starting point for missions into deep space. In addition, a potential colony on the moon will be easier to maintain in the presence of water on the spot.
“So we’ll find out how much water there is, the more precisely we can assess the processes that are responsible for it, as well as the level of usefulness of these deposits for future missions for space exploration, man,” concluded Milliken.
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