Scientists have now a surprising conclusion: the Moon is rusting ! They discovered traces of rust minerals on the Moon’s surface. Things are explained. The Moon’s surface has a lot of iron. It has no atmosphere but a new theory suggests that the Moon gets oxygen particles from Earth’s atmosphere, and tiny bits of water on its surface could trigger the formation of rust. The discovery was made using data from the Chandrayaan-1 orbiter which was launched by the Indian Space Research Organization.
The lead author of the study, planetary scientist Shuai Li of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, decided to take a closer look and discovered hematite, which is essentially rust. In 2007, Japan’s Kaguya orbiter discovered that oxygen from Earth’s upper atmosphere can hitch a ride on this trailing magnetotail, as it’s officially known, traveling the 239,000 miles (385,00 kilometers) to the Moon.I n the future, crewed missions to the surface of the Moon may be able to verify this hypothesis. NASA’s Project Artemis will send human missions to the Moon as early as 2024.