The Moon would have been a completely different area. Newest studies imply the Moon had an atmosphere 3 to 4 billion years ago.
This atmosphere was composed when volcanic blasts shook the ancient satellite, releasing gases above its surface so fast they couldn’t be leaked into space.
Moon’s surface is flecked with impact containers full of volcanic lava. These lava plains are called Maria and were created by the magma plumes inside the Moon that blew up to the surface.
Fragments of the lava plains so-called Maria were brought to Earth by the astronauts of the Apollo missions and it was revealed that the lava consisted carbon monoxide and other gas components, sulfur and even building a mass of material for water.
However, the current absence of a firm magnetic field and adequate mass to hold an atmosphere are the reason why our Moon doesn’t have an atmosphere in our present-day life.
Contradictory to the Moon, the planet Earth has enough mass and magnetism to hang on to an atmosphere.
Nevertheless, recent inquiry applies that the Moon had an atmosphere in the distant past even though this event lasted for a short time.
The team used the fragments to estimate the amount of gas that rose and accumulated to create the temporary atmosphere. It was discovered that the volcanic movement culminated 3.5 billion years ago when the atmosphere was massive and wide.
After it was created, the atmosphere carried on existing for nearly 70 million years and then vanished into space. When the Moon had an atmosphere, its sight in the sky was much bigger because it was three times closer to planet Earth.
Universities Space Research Association’s Senior Staff Scientist David Kring said: “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.”
These reports from these newly conducted studies have a deep impact on forthcoming generations of stargazers, astronauts and space explorers that intend to do Moon missions.
The researchers add that the explosives from the atmosphere may have been captured near the lunar poles, in cold and gloomy zones.
If these indications are accurate, then the Moon might have ice sources that astronauts could use to drink water and grow food.
Additionally, ice accumulations could also supply fuel and air for the lunar operatives.
What does this mean for the future astronauts and upcoming lunar missions?
The answer is simple: Whatever that already exists on the Moon could be used so there won’t be a need to be transported from Earth.