Gases from ancient volcanic eruptions may have left ice hundreds of feet thick at its pole, whose vapor may have been deposited in craters
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The moon has huge reserves of water beneath its surface that could meet the needs of a base, scientists believe.
A study found that gases from ancient volcanic eruptions may have left ice hundreds of feet thick at its poles.
Researchers believe that two-fifths of the steam ejected two to four billion years ago may have been deposited in craters.
Thousands of square miles of the moon’s surface were covered with lava at the time, according to a study by the University of Colorado.
Physicist Andrew Wilcoski said, “We think of it as frost on the moon that has built up over time.”
Co-author Prof Paul Hayne said it would be a bounty for explorers who need water to drink and turn into rocket fuel.
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The team estimated nearly 6,000 square miles of the lunar surface could be capable of capturing ice, mostly near the two poles.
Hayne said, “Volcanic eruptions may have left ice like frost on a cold winter night.”
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