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New theories suggest water may have always had a presence on the moon due to its materials colliding with comets

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, researchers have studied the existence of water on the moon and discovered its origins. 

Larry Taylor, study leader and a professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, along with a team of researchers, have found where the water on the moon originated.  

Taylor was not only able to trace the lunar water's origins, but he was the one who discovered that the moon even had water in the first place. This lunar water discovery he made last year changed all beliefs that the moon was completely dry.

Since this discovery, researchers also found that the moon has an abundance of water. So much, in fact, that humans could possibly live on the moon. Now, Taylor has found the origins of all this lunar water.  

Taylor and his team believe the water came from comets crashing into the moon shortly after it formed. They came to this conclusion after studying rocks that were retrieved from the Apollo mission. The team then measured the rocks' water signatures through the use of secondary ion mass spectrometry, which could allow researchers to tell where and when the lunar water originated.  

As it turns out, water on the moon is different from water on Earth. This discovery led to the belief that comets supplied the moon with a majority of its water back when it originally formed.  

It is believed that the moon formed when the nascent Earth and Theia collided, sending materials out into space. These materials created the moon, and according to Taylor's theory, comets were hitting both the moon and Earth. But because the Earth already had an abundance of water, it was not affected by these comet collisions and did not acquire enough of the comets water for it to be integrated into its original water system. But the moon, which was dry at this point, received a majority of its water via comet collisions.  

"This discovery forces us to go back to square one on the whole formation of the Earth and moon," said Taylor. "Before our research, we thought the Earth and moon had the same volatiles after the Giant Impact, just at greatly different quantities. Our work brings to light another component in the formation that we had not anticipated - comets." 

Taylor's new theory of how the moon formed suggests that water has been present throughout the moon's entire history. While comets supplied the moon's internal supply of water, solar winds supplied the moon's external supply of water.  

What makes the water on the moon different from water on Earth is that it contains the ingredients for water - hydrogen and oxygen - but is not yet water. If the rocks on the moon were heated up, the ingredients would turn into water.  

"This water could allow the moon to be a gas station in the sky," said Taylor. "Spaceships use up to 85 percent of their fuel getting away from Earth's gravity. This means the moon can act as a stepping stone to other planets. Missions can fuel up at the moon, with liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen from the water, as they head into deeper space to other places such as Mars." 

This study was published in Nature Geoscience.



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Moon isn't how you think it is
By Deathtwinkie on 1/13/2011 10:08:50 PM , Rating: 1
The backside of the moon (part we never see) is inhabited by aliens. We've seen ships and structures. They have extensive underground tunneling and bases there.
It was reported by astronauts (just not publicly) that when we went to the moon, we were asked to leave as it was theirs.

They're on the Earth too, have been long before us, but that's another story. Course no one will accept these facts because it doesn't agree with your perfect little 9-5 daily enclosed bubble of a life. You think what is shown to you by the media is truth, and you go back to your Grey's Anatomy, iphones, porns, and starbucks. Nothing is how you think it is, but you refuse to believe the truth. Your loss




RE: Moon isn't how you think it is
By FITCamaro on 1/14/2011 12:05:15 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure if you're crazy or joking.

While I firmly believe other intelligent life exists in the universe, and likely our galaxy, our government can't keep what it had for breakfast a secret. Much less intelligent life living on our moon.


RE: Moon isn't how you think it is
By Mitch101 on 1/14/2011 8:53:26 AM , Rating: 2
It sure beats hearing how we never went to the moon and it was all a scam.

I also think there is a moving coming out in the spring with a similar alien meeting on the moon landing. In order to sleep at night Im going to assume he's plugging the movie in an off center way.


RE: Moon isn't how you think it is
By Mitch101 on 1/14/2011 9:05:06 AM , Rating: 2
Sorry meant movie.

Apollo 18 movie trailer
http://apollo-18.movie-trailer.com/
Looks less than low budget looks like no budget.

Or hes thinking of transformers 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H8bnKdf654


RE: Moon isn't how you think it is
By Yames on 1/14/2011 11:59:31 AM , Rating: 2
Don't forget 2001 or was it 2010 where they were digging on the moon?


By JKflipflop98 on 1/14/2011 7:47:49 AM , Rating: 2
We have lots and lots of pictures of the dark side of the moon. There are no such civilizations there. Go talk to a doctor.


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