NASA: Meteorites can strike the moon and cause plumes of water to shoot into space
CNN - Tue 16 Apr 04:52 GMT

Meteorites can strike the moon and cause bursts of water to shoot up out of the ground.

NASA: Meteorites can strike the moon and cause plumes of water to shoot into space

  That's the main takeaway from a new study announced by NASA that challenges our perceptions of the moon and other rocky orbs out in space.

  Artists concept of water vapor from meteoroid impacts on the Moon The new insight into our closest neighbor in space comes in a study just published in Nature Geoscience by scientists from NASA, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.

  It shows that water isn't just locked in the soil, and, according to Benna, that has implications for how future human or robotic explorers on the moon will be able to use the resources there on the ground.

  Now they know for sure Benna, who also holds a planetary scientist role at University of Maryland-Baltimore County, said water is widespread "globally" on the moon.

  Previous lunar probes like Cassini and Deep Impact had shown "the existence of an active water cycle on the moon," Benna and his co-authors wrote.