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February 12, 2017
Complete Lunar-cy: The Earth Has Sprayed the Moon With Oxygen for Billennia
Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 01, 2017
The Moon may be peppered with oxygen transmitted by life on Earth, according to a scientific study, opening up the possibility that the Earth's atmosphere of billions of years ago may be preserved on the present-day lunar surface. It has long been speculated that the Moon has been intermittently sprayed with the Earth's oxygen, with some researchers suggesting the nitrogen and noble gases embedded in the Moon's soil originated on Earth. However, the new paper, published in Nature, is the fir ... read more

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