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Discovery of water trapped in glass beads on the moon.. Do you know the details?

I wrote – Hadeel Al Banna

Friday, March 31, 2023 at 06:00 AM

New coverage by Al-Youm Al-Sabeya TV on the discovery of the Chinese study Song 5 In small glass beads containing water in a shock crater on the moon’s surface within glass balls, the volume of this water reaches seventy one trillion gallons.

Studies suggest that some of these water-filled glass beads were formed when they collided with the moon millions of years ago, while others came from ancient volcanoes.

Scientists believe that water arose as a result of a chemical reaction from these explosions. When hydrogen ions are ejected from the Sun, they diffuse from the solar wind to the surface of the Moon along with oxygen atoms within particles, leading to the formation of water inside. Glass particles are very small in terms of particle size, from “tens of micrometers” to a few millimeters.

Although the water grains on the surface of the moon are very small, studies suggest that there is enough water on the surface of the moon to provide 270 trillion kilograms of water, enough to fill a hundred million Olympic-sized swimmers. ponds.

Scientists believe that other moons in our solar system may be filled with similar grains, and measurements of this lunar water surface reservoir show that the glassy grains can store large amounts of water on the surface derived from the solar wind, the study authors said. of the Moon, and suggests that this glass may be reservoirs of water in other airless bodies, and the presence of water stored in colliding glass beads is consistent with remote sensing of water at low latitudes on the Moon, and the results indicate. The surface of the solar system’s airless bodies is capable of storing water derived from the solar wind.

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And the glass beads aren’t the first glimpses of water on the moon’s surface. In 2009, NASA crashed a probe into the crater of a dream, leading to the discovery of water, and in 2018, NASA found direct evidence. Ice deposits in the permanently shadowed lunar craters at the north and south poles. NASA, China and Russia plan to place lunar bases at the moon’s south pole within the next decade, and competing efforts all hope to have habitable bases ready by the early to mid-term. 2030s.