(CBC) Scientists have detected water on the moon's surface that originates from deep inside it, for the first time.
The discovery is a major breakthrough in research being done on lunar water. The water — known was magmatic water — was detected using data from NASA's Moon Minerology Mapper (M3). Magmatic water is usually released to the atmosphere during a volcanic eruption.
"For many years researchers believed that the rocks from the moon were bone dry and that any water detected in the Apollo samples had to be contamination from Earth," said Rachel Klima, a planetary geologist whose a member of the NASA Lunar Science Institute's Scientific and Exploration Potential of the Lunar Poles team.
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