Morse, A. D.; Barber, S. J.; Pillinger, J. M.; Sheridan, S.; Wright, I. P.; Gibsin, E. K.; Merrifield, J. A.; Waltham, N. R.; Waugh, L. J. and Pillinger, C. T.
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Following the Apollo era the moon was considered a volatile poor body. Samples collected from the Apollo missions contained only ppm levels of water formed by the interaction of the solar wind with the lunar regolith . However more recent orbiter observations have indicated that water may exist as water ice in cold polar regions buried within craters at concentrations of a few wt. % . Infrared images from M3 on Chandrayaan-1 have been interpreted as showing the presence of hydrated surface minerals with the ongoing hydroxyl/water process feeding cold polar traps. This has been supported by observation of ephemeral features termed “space dew” . Meanwhile laboratory studies indicate that water could be present in appreciable quantities in lunar rocks  and could also have a cometary source .
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|Copyright Holders:||2011 The Authors|
|Academic Unit/Department:||Science > Physical Sciences
|Interdisciplinary Research Centre:||Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)|
|Depositing User:||Andrew Morse|
|Date Deposited:||07 Feb 2012 16:25|
|Last Modified:||14 Nov 2012 12:10|
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