Well that’s interesting… A while back, I wrote a post, How to quench your thirst on the Moon, about how to find water for a lunar base, in which I mentioned that no one had really considered obtaining the water chemically from Moon rock. As it happens, I wasn’t entirely correct.
About a month later, Nature News published an article entitled How to breathe on the Moon — about chemically reacting oxygen out of Moon rock. So someone out there clearly is thinking along the same lines. Yay for chemistry!
This looks rather promising. I might have to try and get a copy of the paper and have a closer look!