New research based on a reexamination of moon rocks brought back during the U.S. Apollo space missions reveals that ancient volcanoes on the moon may have created an atmosphere, which lasted for about 70 million years before it faded away, roughly four billion years ago.

Scientists found that volcanic samples “carried gas components, such as carbon monoxide, the ingredients for water, sulfur, and other volatile species,” says Delzo.

“This work dramatically changes our view of the Moon from an airless rocky body to one that used to be surrounded by an atmosphere more prevalent than that surrounding Mars today,” author Dr. David Kring of the Lunar and Planetary Institute told Phys.org.

On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence spoke about the need to send our astronauts back to the moon: “We will return American astronauts to the moon — not only to leave behind footprints and flags, but to build the foundation we need to send Americans to Mars and beyond.”

Read more at Newsweek

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