The only natural satellite of Earth – the moon may have contained massive tanks of water, trapped under its surface in form of ‘volcanic glass beads’ which if tries, can be extracted, claimed a team of international researchers. A new study, conducted in a bid to find out the possibility of water on the long-believed barren planet moon, has come up with a stunning report according to which the celestial object has much more amount of water than the scientists previously estimated it be – a breakthrough which may lead paths for the colonisation of moon in the near future.
The presence of water on the moon is a long-debated topic and researchers to find reliable evidence of water on the lunar surface are countless. However, it was the Indian lunar orbiter Chandrayaan-1 who first tracked down the evidence regarding the presence of water on Moon. And in the latest bid to find out how much amount of water moon has featured; a team of scientists from the Brown University in the US has detected confirmation about the presence of high amount of water reservoirs under the lunar surface.
As claimed by the researchers, there may be considerable amounts of water, trapped in the interior parts of the moon, which is extracted can be used to satisfy the thirst of the future lunar explorers. By examining the satellite data and re-examining the volcanic glass beads, brought back by the mission crews of Apollo 15 and 17, the researchers at Brown University have discovered considerable amounts of home-grown water, entrapped within the volcanic layers or within the deposits of rocks, spread across the surface of Moon. Those volcanic deposits and rock layers, as claimed by researchers are attributable to the age-old volcanoes, exploded on the moon, reports the state-run news agency Xinhua.
According to the study published in the journal Nature Geoscience has suggested that the amount of water, presented on moon’s mantle, in-between the layer of the crust and the core may be abundant and are potential to be extracted with the right technology. According to the lead author of the study, Ralph Milliken, “Earlier findings of the presence of water on the lunar surface did not seem to be indigenously sourced, but our latest findings have confirmed that the moon is much wetter than previous estimations.”