NASA says Moon say have had an atmosphere

This photo shows the Earth's shadow cast over the surface of the moon as a total lunar eclipse over the Chabot Space and Science Center observatory in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, April 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

(WTNH) — NASA says new research suggests that the Moon may have at one point actually had an atmosphere.

An artist’s rendering shows what it might have looked like, shrouded in an atmosphere thicker than that of Mars with volcanoes glowing on the lunar surface.

The research indicates that the atmosphere might have been a source for some, if not all, of the water detected on the moon.

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The finding began with the study of volcanic rocks brought back to Earth.

Researchers used the samples to estimate the amount and composition of gases released by eruptions of lava on the Moon billions of years ago.

The Moon’s atmosphere is estimated to have been relatively shorted-lived, lasting approximately 70 million years.

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