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On the possible presence of ice on the Moon

Watson, Kenneth and Murray, Bruce and Brown, Harrison (1961) On the possible presence of ice on the Moon. Journal of Geophysical Research, 66 (5). pp. 1598-1600. ISSN 0148-0227. doi:10.1029/JZ066i005p01598.

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It is generally presumed that gases of low molecular weight escape very rapidly from the moon. As a consequence, it has been assumed that volatile substances, such as water, which possess short relaxation times for escape, do not exist there. Urey [1952] recognized that there may be depressions in which the sun never shines, and in which some condensed volatile substances could be present, but he concluded that no solid or liquid water could exist on the moon for more than very short periods of time. Kuiper [1952], following a suggestion by Herzberg, stated that SO_2 molecules might be concentrated on the night side of the moon.

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Additional Information:Copyright 1961 by the American Geophysical Union. (Received January 9, 1961; revised February 10, 1961.) This work was supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration under Grant NSG-56-60. Contribution No. 1027, Division of Geological Sciences, California Institute of Technology.
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Official Citation:Watson, K., B. Murray, and H. Brown (1961), On the possible presence of ice on the Moon, J. Geophys. Res., 66(5), 1598–1600, doi:10.1029/JZ066i005p01598.
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