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That dry, dusty moon overhead? Seems it isn't quite as dry as it's long been thought to be. Although you won't find oceans, lakes, or even a shallow puddle on its surface, a team of geologists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), working with colleagues at the University of Tennessee, has found structurally bound hydroxyl groups (i.e., water) in a mineral in a lunar rock returned to Earth by the Apollo program.

The presence of water on the moon is old news, but it's this newly discovered abundant quantity that is significant.  Regrettably, the current US administration has effectively ended the noble ideal of the US returning to the moon for the foreseeable future.  To read the rest of the article, click here.

Category: Science