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Confirmation of water on the Moon

24 Sep 2009, 07:42 UTC
Confirmation of water on the Moon
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The Clementine and Lunar Prospector spacecraft had detected lots of hydrogen on the Moon, which strongly argued for the existence of water. Traces of water was also found in moon rocks brought back by the Apollo mission. However, the detected hydrogen might have been from sources other than water or could just be [...]

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The Clementine and Lunar Prospector spacecraft had detected lots of hydrogen on the Moon, which strongly argued for the existence of water. Traces of water was also found in moon rocks brought back by the Apollo mission. However, the detected hydrogen might have been from sources other than water or could just be unattached protons from the solar wind that somehow managed to stick to the Moon, and the water in the moon rocks might have been from contamination when they were brought back to Earth, so the existence of water on the Moon has continued to be in question.

It is now much less in doubt thanks to the Moon Mineralogy Mapper on India’s now-defunct Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft. By observing sunlight bounced off the lunar surface, it found indications of chemical bonds between hydrogen and oxygen in the spectrum. And what molecule has bonds ...

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