Moon releases water on meteoroid strikes
Water from moon released due to meteoroid strike - interesting science news

Researchers have found that striking of meteoroids on the Moon releases water vapour for a short time into its atmosphere. While previous models had predicted this, the phenomenon was observed for the first time. To release this water the meteoroids have to penetrate atleast 3 inches below the surface.

While the Moon doesn’t have significant amount water in the atmosphere, there is evidence that it has water (H2O) and hydroxyl (OH) which is the more reactive species of water.

This new evidence could explain why there are ice deposits at the poles of the Moon. These results are significant since this water could be potential source for sustaining long-term exploration of the Moon and the deep space.

Read the full story: NASA
Scientific publication: Nature Geoscience


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