Scientists had found iron nanoparticles unlike any found naturally on Earth are nearly everywhere on the Moon. A new study led by scientists uncovered important clues to help understand the surprisingly active lunar surface.
It was found that solar radiation could be a more important source of lunar iron nanoparticles than previously thought. The Asteroid impacts and solar radiation affect the Moon in unique ways as it lacks the protective magnetic field and atmosphere that protect us here on Earth.
Asteroids and solar radiation break down lunar rocks and soil, forming iron nanoparticles which are detectable from instruments on satellites orbiting the Moon.
So the sun not only darkens its surface, but it might also create small quantities of water usable in future missions.