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November 26, 2023

Hydrogen Found in Lunar Samples

Promising Results for Long-Term Surface Operations

The US Naval Research Laboratory has announced the discovery of solar-wind hydrogen in lunar samples, which points to water on the surface of the moon. If there is recoverable water on Luna's rocks then it bodes well for operations in coming decades, providing a usable, in-place store of vital water for living and working - and every pound of water found moonside is one less needed to be launched out of orbit. The hydrogen found was similar to helium found in lunar soils from the Apollo program, deposited by "solar winds" as elements were carried throughout the cosmos. The discovery comes courtesy of a Navy operation, using samples gleaned from the Apollo mission. It's a bit novel for space n

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