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Lunar soil contains water, ammonia, mercury, and silver

agua-lunaLunar rocks brought to Earth by mission astronautsApollothey barely contained water. At that time, experts suggested that it was because, although the Moon was formed billions of years ago when a planet hit Earth, the heat caused the liquid from our planet to evaporate, and the water to evaporate. lost in space. However, this explanation still left open the hope offind water in the deep craters of the lunar poles, in permanent shade and cold enough for the water to remain as ice.

To prove it, in October 2009NASA’s LCROSS spacecraftlaunched a 2.3 ton unit so thatintentionally impact the Cabeus crater, near the lunar south pole. The impact projected a wake that the LCROSS instruments analyzed, before also crashing onto the lunar surface. The latest series of analyzes shows that the stela containedfrozen water, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide (CO2), ammonia, sodium, silver, hydrogen, and mercury, as detailed by geologist Peter Schultz, from Brown University (Rhode Island, northeastern United States), in the journal Science.

“This crater appears to contain atreasure trove of chemical elementsthat are in this place in permanent darkness, “says the researcher. According to him, a large amount of these elements come from the incessant bombardment of the Moon by comets and meteorites for billions of years.

The geologist thinks that a group of atoms and particles of these elements deposited on the surface of the Moon could have been released by other meteorite impacts. Once freed from the fine dust that forms the lunar soil, these chemical elements ended up at the poles, trapped in cold craters where the sun’s rays never enter.

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