The Moon is full of water. Left it to produce, say scientists
Scientists have long debated the probability of the presence of water on the moon. In previous studies we have found traces of water in the ice-covered regions of the shadow of the satellite pole, but the results of a new study conducted at Brown University experts, offer a glimpse deeper, indicating that a substantial amount of water may be hiding inside the lunar rock.
In contrast to water at the lunar poles, the appearance of which may be due to hydrogen, you get to the satellite with the solar wind, the water in the lunar mantle could appear still in the early stages of the satellite, said Brown University geologist Ralph Milliken in an interview with the portal Space.com .
In a study published in the journal Nature Geoscience, Millikan and his team conducted describes the analysis of pyroclastic deposits - rock, which is likely to have formed as a result of volcanic eruptions. For the analysis, researchers used data collected by the spectrometer Moon Mineralogy Mapper Indian space orbital lunar probe "Chandrayaan-1".
"Our results show that almost the entire stock of pyroclastic deposits contain water. This seems to be a characteristic of magmatic material left on the lunar surface from the depths. From this we can conclude that the bulk of the mantle of the Moon may be "wet", "- he said in an interview with Milliken.
How large supplies of water could be below the surface of the moon, for the scientists is still a mystery. According to Millikan's team, she could be brought back "as a result of a powerful penetrating strike." A more accurate solution of this question might help us to explain how the water was on the planet. Even more interesting is the discovery appears in the background of the potential for future satellite colonization and beyond.
"Get these deposits will be much easier than access to the presumably water ice in the dark regions of the satellite pole. The water is too hard, so space it is very expensive to deliver. The possibility of obtaining it on the moon, instead of taking her with him to the earth, opens a wide potential in the continuous presence of man on the moon, "- he said in an interview with Milliken.
is especially useful this feature will be for future missions to Mars, the development of which is conducted now. For the same space agency NASA news and did wonderful, as the agency plans to use it is the moon, not the earth as a starting point for missions to deep space. In addition, a potential colony on the moon will be easier to maintain the presence of water on the spot.
"The faster and more accurately, we find out how much water there is, the better we can evaluate the processes that are responsible for it, as well as the level of usefulness of these deposits for future missions on human space exploration", - summed up the Millikan.