Scientists have found evidence that the Moon may contain vast amounts of water in its interior, which could be hugely beneficial for future lunar explorers.
The research was carried out by scientists from Brown University in Rhode Island and published in Nature Geoscience. They investigated how water appeared to be trapped in volcanic glass across the lunar surface, remnants of the Moon’s volcanism billions of years ago.
“The historical view was that the Moon was bone dry,” the study’s lead author, Ralph Milliken, told IFLScience. “But we are now continuing to recognize that this is not the case, and in fact, it may be much more Earth-like in terms of water and other volatiles.”
Previous research had used samples returned from the Apollo 15 and 17 missions, in 1971 and 1972 respectively, to investigate water on the Moon. In 2008, scientists found trace amounts of water in some of the volcanic glass beads …