The moon probably should not rust. Iron oxide, rust, requires both oxygen and water to occur naturally, so you would think that the moon – an astronomical body that is mostly dry and completely absent of oxygen – would have no rust. It does this. And scientists are trying to figure out why.
Data from a new study published in Science Advance found Chandrayaan-1 Orbiter of Indian Space Research Organization And revealed that the rocks on the lunar poles were a different composition than other areas of the moon. Upon closer inspection of the study’s lead author, Shuai Li, hematite, a common iron oxide – discovered rust, essentially.
He arrived at the scientists and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory to confirm the discovery.
“At first, I didn’t fully believe it. It shouldn’t exist based on the conditions on the moon,” said JPL scientist Abigail Framan, one of the scientists contacted. “But ever since we discovered water on the moon, people have been speculating that if we react the water with rocks, we may find more diverse types of minerals than that.”
So why is there currently war on the moon? There are many factors, but Earth is partially to blame.
To begin with, water is present in small amounts on the Moon. Ice water is present in the lunar crater, but this water is present on the side of the moon from where the rust occurred. The current theory is that dust particles that often hit the moon are helping to release water molecules, mixing those water molecules with iron on the surface.
Then there is the oxygen part. This is where the Earth comes in.
Thanks to the fact that it exists in such close proximity to the Earth, the Moon plays the role of a host to detect the amount of oxygen, traveling all the way from the Earth’s upper atmosphere to the Moon. Lee found that the side of the moon facing the Earth has more corrosion than areas that do not face the Earth.
They believe that this process has been on the moon for billions of years. Moon, accept our most sincere apologies for Jung.