Moon water possibly originated from comets, data shows
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
A team of Connecticut analyzed samples collected on the , , , and missions and found that the chemical properties of traces of lunar water in these samples differ from water typical of Earth.led by James Greenwood of in
"The values of/ (D/H) that we measure in in the Apollo rock samples", Greenwood told , "is clearly distinguishable from water from the Earth, mitigating against this being some sort of contamination on Earth." Greenwood and his team of researchers studied in particular the variations of hydrogen in the mineral apatite.
The newfound data show that the chemical properties of water in the apatite samples resemble data from the comets, , and , suggesting that the water present on the moon could have originated from these comets or others.
According to Greenwood, the results of this study could also provide evidence as to the origin of water on Earth.