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Moon astronauts using water ice may rely on volcanoes

An area of volcanic deposits on the moon that scientists believe formed 33 million years ago. (Image credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University)

Volcanoes erupting on the moon billions of years ago may have created a layer of ice under the lunar surface, a new study suggests.

The lava these active volcanoes spewed turned into maria, the dark regions that cover the moon‘s lowlands. But those volcanoes also belched out water vapor. As it touched the frigid moon, the water vapor would have frozen solid, forming a layer of ice a few meters under the lunar surface, researchers reported in the new study.



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