Study suggests the Moon contained WATER billions of years ago

Recent research led by postdoctoral fellow Tara Hayden, from the University of Western Ontario, in Canada, has brought unprecedented revelations about the evidence of water on the moon.

Contrary to previous knowledge, the study, published in the journal Nature Astronomy, points out that the initial lunar crust, more than 4 billion years old, was full of water.

Moon may have harbored water 4 billion years ago

Study indicates that there was water on the Moon 4 billion years ago – Image: Bruno Scramgnon/Pexels/Reproduction

Tara Hayden, a cosmochemist and planetary geologist, led the team that analyzed a lunar meteorite, identified as Arabian Peninsula 007, revealing crucial clues about the Moon’s composition billions of years ago.

The research used a lunar meteorite, initially classified by Hayden during his doctorate at The Open University, in the United Kingdom.

The analysis revealed the presence of the mineral apatite, known to contain volatile elements, in a sample of the early lunar crust.

This discovery challenges previous conclusions about the Moon, which was considered completely dry based on samples from Apollo missions.

Hayden spoke about his luck in analyzing such a relevant meteorite, as it presented chemistry essential to understanding the water-bearing minerals on the Moon.

The identification of apatite, present in all types of lunar rocks except glass beads and ferroan anorthosites, representative of the early lunar crust, allowed for the first time a direct investigation of this unknown phase of lunar evolution.

Deconstructing myths about the natural satellite

While challenging the previous idea of ​​a dry Moon, the presence of apatite in the samples points to a varied composition of the lunar surface in different regions. This suggests that each area of ​​the satellite can tell its own story.

The study shows the need for a more comprehensive approach to lunar exploration to better understand these regional variations.

Despite the findings, the researchers acknowledge that there is a long way to go to fully understand the presence of water in Moon.

Hayden expresses his excitement for the next stage of lunar exploration, highlighting the potential for learning more about the other side of the moon.

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