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Luna, new study reveals unpublished details about the past of our satellite



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Luna, new study reveals unpublished details about the past of our satellite


There moon between 3 and 4 billion years ago it had aatmosphere more significant than it has today, things changed when volcanic eruptions ejected giant clouds above the satellite’s surface.

Today’s Moon is covered with extinct volcanoes and plains made up of solidified lava. The lunar atmosphere is so thin that it is not even technically considered a real atmosphere, it is customary in fact to use the term “exosphere”, molecules gravitationally linked to the satellite too scarce to behave like a gas.

The Moon was once very different

A new study by the scientists of the Marshall Space Flight Center NASA in Huntsville, Alabama, and the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston suggest that ancient lunar volcanoes produced a temporary atmosphere that survived 70 million years before dissipating into the cosmos.

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We know more and more about our satellite, the first complete map of lunar water was recently made, now new details about the past are emerging.

In the volcanic glass samples obtained during the mission Apollo in the 1970s enough gases were found to determine the existence of an ancient lunar atmosphere.

A discovery that could have major implications in the future, as LPI spokespersons state.