The Moon Is Mysteriously Rusting Despite Lack of Air & Liquid Water
Ahead of a slew of new missions to Earth’s natural satellite, researchers have detected a bizarre and unexpected anomaly on the lunar surface: the airless, liquid water-free Moon is rusting.
This perplexing discovery has its roots in 2008 when the Indian Space Research Organization’s Chandrayaan-1 orbiter surveyed the Moon’s surface and discovered water ice.
It wasn’t until recently that Shuai Li of the University of Hawaii and his fellow researchers discovered signatures in the data matching the iron oxide, hematite, a form of rust that normally requires the presence of both oxygen and water.
“It’s very puzzling,” Li said. “The Moon is a
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