The Moon was once thought to be depleted in volatile elements. Analyses of the carbon contents of lunar volcanic glasses reveal that carbon monoxide degassing could have produced the fire-fountain eruptions from which these glasses were formed.
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Scaillet, B. Carbon in the Moon. Nature Geosci 8, 747–748 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1038/ngeo2530