Technology Did The Moon Ever Have An Atmosphere?

07:51  09 october  2017
07:51  09 october  2017 Source:   Newsweek

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WikiAnswers® science math history literature technology health law business All Sections. Careers. Answers.com® WikiAnswers® Categories Science Astronomy Planetary Science The Solar System Planet Earth The Moon Did the Moon ever have an atmosphere ?

The moon is not in earth's atmosphere . If it ever was, then that situation occurred billions of years ago, and lasted only a very short time. The moon does have a trace atmosphere , but it is very thin as to be almost nonexistent See related for the gases found on the Moon .

The moon, framed by ashes from the Mount Sinabung volcano, is seen during the peak of the penumbral eclipse from Karo in North Sumatra province on August 8, 2017. The phenomenon occurs when the moon moves through the outer part of the Earth's shadow, blocking part of the sunlight from reaching the moon and causing it to appear three-forth than normal.: 10_08_Moon© Tibta Pangin/AFP/Getty Images 10_08_Moon

Blue sky on Moon? Not likely — but scientists re-examining old rocks brought from the Apollo missions now believe that our orbiting satellite may have once had a thick atmosphere.

The research, published in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters, reveals that  ancient volcanoes about four billion years ago may have created an atmosphere that lasted for about 70 million years before eventually fading away. The scientists from the Lunar and Planetary Institute found that the volcanic samples “carried gas components, such as carbon monoxide, the ingredients for water, sulfur, and other volatile species."

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Moreover, the distant horizon between land and sky did not look razor-sharp, as would have been expected in a vacuum where there was no atmospheric haze. " The Moon seems to have a tenuous atmosphere of moving dust particles," Stubbs explains.

Excerpt. For years scientists believed there was no trace of gas or an atmosphere on the moon . “Understanding this interface between lunar soil and bedrock will be important for mining and habitation if we ever get to that point,” Taylor says.

Researchers used calculations to figure out how much gas rose from the volcano’s lava in order to form the atmosphere. They discovered the atmosphere was at its thickest somewhere between 3 to 4 billion years ago.

"This work dramatically changes our view of the Moon from an airless rocky body to one that used to be surrounded by an atmosphere more prevalent than that surrounding Mars today,” study author Dr. David Kring of the Lunar and Planetary Institute told Phys.org.

Kring’s findings, which came with help from NASA research scientist Dr. Debra Needham, may have important implications for future lunar missions. The research “quantifies a source of volatiles that may have been trapped from the atmosphere into cold, permanently shadowed regions near the lunar poles and, thus, may provide a source of ice suitable for a sustained lunar exploration program,” the statement explains.

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Why does Pluto have an atmosphere and our moon doesn't? Isn't the moon bigger? Has a man and woman ever done ‘ the wild thing’ in space, on the moon , etc., yet? Have this question been answered?

What would happen if the moon did have an atmosphere ? If the moon had an atmosphere , it would have weather just like we do . The footsteps on the moon , which are still there now, would be long gone.

On Thursday, the Trump administration spoke about the desire to send astronauts back to the moon.

"We will return American astronauts to the moon — not only to leave behind footprints and flags, but to build the foundation we need to send Americans to Mars and beyond," Vice President Mike Pence, during the first meeting with the National Space Council.

There’s no definitive plan of when this will happen, but it may be sooner than you think. At least one scientist believes that by 2030, some people will call the moon home.

"There may be the possibility to have children born on the Moon," Bernard Foing, a scientist at the European Space Agency, said during a conference in September.

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