There may be more water on the moon than we thought

There may be more water on the moon than we thought
There may be more water on the moon than we thought

The conclusions are based on an analysis of 12,000 lunar craters.


A group of scientists from the University of California reported that much more ice water may be on the surface of the Earth's satellite than previously thought, writes

Researchers have studied 12,000 craters on the Moon using data collected by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter station, which has been orbiting Earth's satellite since 2009. The scientists then compared the lunar shadowed craters to similar areas sheltered from the Sun on the surface of Mercury. To do this, they had to analyze data on two thousand craters of Mercury from the automatic interplanetary station Messenger, which spent four years in orbit of this planet.

As a result, according to experts, they found a "similar trend" in craters near the south pole of the moon and concluded that there may also be a lot of ice on their bottom. Only about 100 million tons: this is twice the data from previous studies.

Since there is no atmosphere on the Moon, the contents of the craters are exposed to meteorites and streams of ionized particles emanating from the Sun - the solar wind. The erosion then lifts the water particles out of the crater, where they can be detected by instruments installed on space stations such as the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Therefore, the scientists concluded, future missions to the moon should include the use of probes that will probe craters to confirm their assumptions.

Last year, scientists assumed that conditions for the existence of organic life were created on the moon twice.

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