Science Café Cleveland presents


Water on the Moon


NOVEMBER 10, 2014


FEATURING: James A. Van Orman

Professor, Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, CWRU





The Moon is not only our nearest neighbor in the solar system but is similar enough to Earth in many aspects of its chemical composition to be a virtual twin. One striking difference, however, is the near total lack of water on the Moon. The Apollo missions of the early 1970s looked very hard for indigenous hydrous components in materials gathered from the lunar surface and found none. Forty years later, evidence began to emerge that the Moon is not quite as dry as it appears. We’ll discuss hydrogen found in lunar volcanic glass beads by a small research team including the speaker; ice frozen in craters at the Moon’s south pole; where the water came from and what it may mean for the Moon’s origin and evolution. 




JR Minkel, Scientific American (Space - News), July 9, 2008.

"Moon Once Harbored Water, Lunar Lava Beads Show The Early Moon Wasn't Such a Dry Place After All"


John Matson, Scientific American (Blogs), November 13, 2009

"LCROSS impact plumes contained moon water, NASA says"


Ron Cowen and Nature magazine, Scientific American (Space - News), May 10, 2013

"Earth and Moon Got Water from Common Source"


Caleb A. Scharf, Scientific American (Blogs), May 22, 2013

"The Moon has it all: Explosions, Water, and Clues to the Grand Tack"




The Tasting Room at Great Lakes Brewing Company

2701 Carroll Avenue

Cleveland, Ohio 44113



November 10, 2014

Doors open 5:30 - 9:30 PM (Limited menu available for purchase before and during the event. Not to mention beer! Last call is at 8:45 PM). Discussion starts around 7:00 p.m.


*Please Note* A few of our cafes have approached capacity and/or standing room only. If you want to be 100% sure to get in and get a good seat, you might want to arrive a bit early.


WHO: Sponsored by Case Western Reserve University chapter of Sigma Xi, WCPN ideastream, and Great Lakes Brewing Company



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