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Is the Moon "dry as a bone"?

asked 2016-05-05 17:20:59 -0500

Rob Mueller gravatar image

updated 2016-05-05 17:22:25 -0500

Conventional thinking from the Apollo mission said that based on lunar soil (Regolith) samples the moon is dry as a bone. Recently, new data revealed that this is not true - what is actually the case?

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answered 2017-06-27 11:00:56 -0500

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The Apollo missions landed in locations that are relatively near the equator. (Apollo landing sites: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LR...) There isn't any reason to believe that there is water any where near the Apollo landing sites.

There is an evidence that supports the existence of water at the lunar poles(https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunar_water). The reason water may exist at the lunar poles is that there are deep craters that are never exposed to sunlight. This allows the water to remain in it's solid state despite the vacuum. There has been several tests that indicate that water is likely located in these craters in large quantities. However, to be certain we will have to go there.

The new evidence doesn't contradict the findings of the Apollo missions, it's just looking in a new location on the Moon that has a very different environment from where we landed.

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