These findings fall in contrast with the scientific belief that the surface of the moon is dry and desolate.
- Published On July 27, 2017
Space exploration has led to some amazing discoveries over the years. One of them is the discovery of water on the moon’s surface. As a celestial body, the moon has captivated the interest of scientists for many years.
Scientists have conducted studies on the properties of the moon with the most recent research revealing surface water on the surface of the moon. This is in contrast to previous observations that indicated the moon’s surface was dry and desolate. A study conducted by a group of researchers from Brown University revealed the presence of surface water on the moon. The scientists discovered the presence of the water through analysis of satellite images of the moon and small beads collected from the surface of the moon. The images revealed trapped beads of water within volcanic materials.
Water Released From Volcanic Eruptions
The water is thought to have been trapped during volcanic eruptions on the moon. These eruptions first caused the release of water molecules from the magma. During the cooling process, the molecules were re-trapped into the magma. The actual amount of water in these deposits is yet to be determined accurately, thus calling for more studies of the surface rocks of the moon. The discovery is a likely indication that the water had been a part of the moon since its creation about 4.5 billion years ago. Scientists believe that there could be more water in the polar regions of the moon in the form of ice.
While some scientists think that the presence of water would mean life could survive on the moon, some argue that other prevailing conditions would still make life impossible. The new findings raise more questions on the actual origin of the water since the temperatures during the formation of the moon would have expelled all the water.
Benjamin Elisha Sawe is a writer based in Kenya. He holds an MBA from the University of Nairobi.