BBC News America ‘Moon dust’ tested in search for water off Earth

BBC News America ‘Moon dust’ tested in search for water off Earth

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Scientists have been researching into how water can be extracted from the Moon’s surface

“Moon dust” could be a vital source of fuel, building material and even drinking water for astronauts, according to the Open University.Researchers in Milton Keynes are investigating ways humans can “live off the land” when they set foot on the moon.The team is basing its study on lunar soil collected by Neil Armstrong during the first moon landing in 1969.PhD student Hannah Sargeant said: “We have to account for every milligram.”Minute samples of moon rock collected during the NASA Apollo 11 mission are held in the Department of Physical Sciences at the Open University (OU) in Milton Keynes.Experiments, in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) and Russian scientists, could take place on the Moon’s south polar region in five years’ time, scientists hope.

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Tiny fragments of lunar soil collected in 1969 by the Apollo 11 team ar
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