Open University scientists testing Moon dust for water

Open University scientists testing  Moon dust  for water
"Moon dust" could be a vital source of fuel, building material and even drinking water for astronauts, according to the Open University.

Researchers in Milton Keynes are investigating ways humans can "live off the land" when they set foot on the moon.

The team is basing its study on lunar soil collected by Neil Armstrong in 1969.

PhD student Hannah Sergeant said: "We have to account for every milligram."

Minute samples of moon rock collected during the NASA Apollo 11 mission are held in the Department of Physical Sciences at the Open University (OU) in Milton Keynes.

Experiments, in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) and Russian scientists, could take place on the Moon s south polar region in five years time, scientists hope.
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