NASA: Meteorites can strike the moon and cause plumes of water to shoot into space

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NASA: Meteorites can strike the moon and cause plumes of water to shoot into space

Micro-meteorites collide with the moon at high velocity and send shock waves reverberating through the luner surface. They only need to penetrate a few inches to stir up deposits of water, and the high energy of the collision converts the molecules into water vapor. The plumes spurt out into space. Most of the molecules dissipate into the very thin atmosphere around the moon, while some settle back into the ground .

The study’s lead author was Mehdi Benna, a planetary scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. He told CNN the breakthrough “provides a big piece of the puzzle” as to what happens when meteorites collide with other “airless bodies” around our solar system and beyond.

Meteor showers dig up water on the moon

In the April 13 SN: The browning of the Arctic, RNAs steal the spotlight, sensing Earth’s magnetic field, a spider speed record, Bennu spits dust, a ketamine drug for depression and more.’

WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE ‘Water molecules in the moon’s vicinity suggest that a thin layer of water is buried in the moon’s soil. In this image taken from the International Space Station, the blue glow is from Earth’s atmosphere.

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Meteor showers bring moon geysers. A lunar orbiter spotted extra water around the moon when the moon passed through streams of cosmic dust that can cause meteor showers on Earth.

  • Publisher: Science News
  • Date: 2019-04-15T13:14:52-04:00
  • Author: Lisa Grossman
  • Twitter: @ScienceNews
  • Citation: Web link (Read More)

Greetings Earthlings: All systems on halt. The data presented above may one day be zapped to another dimension. Just thought you should be aware. Dude, there was a blue light over there just now.