NASA – Water Molecules Found on the Moon

Posted by Trish Riley, September 24, 2009

NASA scientists have discovered water molecules in the polar regions of the Moon.

“When we say ‘water on the Moon,’ we are not talking about lakes, oceans or even puddles,” explained Carle Pieters, M3‘s principal investigator from Brown University, Providence, R.I. “Water on the Moon means molecules of water and hydroxyl that interact with molecules of rock and dust specifically in the top millimeters of the Moon’s surface.

The discovery of water molecules and hydroxyl on the Moon raises new questions about the origin of “Moon water” and its effect on lunar mineralogy. Answers to these questions will be studied and debated for years to come.

via NASA – Water Molecules Found on the Moon.