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Chinese space mission leads to major lunar discovery

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According to a new study of lunar soil samples, the Moon may store billions of tons of water trapped inside tiny glass spheres that form when asteroids hit its surface.

The samples were retrieved during China’s 2020 robotic Chang’e-5 exploration mission.

In the study published by the journal Nature Geoscience on Monday, a team of scientists claimed to have found water inside impact glass beads gathered by the Chang’e-5 lander from lunar soil.

The tiny glass beads, which range in size from just 50 micrometers to one millimeter, usually form when an asteroid or comet crashes into the Moon, sending up molten particles that cool down and become part of the moonscape.

 

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