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NASA Confirmed Water on Moon

 

NASA confirmed the presence of water on the moon’s sunlit. According to the study published in Nature Astronomy.

This new exciting new discovery about the moon having dropped tantalizing hints days ago, the US space agency has revealed conclusive evidence of water on our only natural satellite.


The amount of water is roughly equivalent to a 12-ounce bottle of water in a cubic meter of lunar soil. According to researchers, there is still needed to understand the nature of the watery deposits. This would help them determine how accessible they would be for future lunar explorers to use.

Previously, there have been water signs on the lunar surface; these new discoveries suggest it is more abundant than previously thought. It gives more options for potential water sources on the moon.

In 2009, imaging spectrometers onboard India’s Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft recorded signatures consistent with water light reflecting off the moon’s surface. Even so, technical limitations meant it was impossible to know if this really was H20 (water) or hydroxyl molecules (consisting of one oxygen atom and one hydrogen atom) in minerals.


NASA made the discovery using the SOFIA flying observatory, a modified Boeing 747 carrying a 2.7-meter reflecting telescope. “SOFIA has detected water molecules (H20) in Clavius Crater, one of the largest craters visible from Earth, located in the Mons’s southern hemisphere.

Using this infrared telescope, researchers picked up the “signature.” color of water molecules.

The researchers think it is stored in bubbles of lunar glass or between grains on the surface that protect it from the harsh environment.

In another study, scientists looked for permanently shadowed areas – known as cold traps – where water could be captured and remain forever. They found these cold traps at both poles and concluded that “approximately 40,000 kilometers squared of the lunar surface can trap water”.


What does this discovery mean?

There are quite a few one-off missions to the Moon’s Polar Regions coming up in the next few years. But in the longer term, there are plans to build a permanent habitation on the lunar surface.

According to the Open University researchers, this could have some influence; it gives us some time to do some investigation.It doesn’t give us much time because researchers working on Moonbase ideas and where to go, but it’s more promising.

However, this gives us more options and makes we’ve figured out how to extract it. It would be much cheaper to make rocket fuel on the moon than send it from Earth. When future lunar explorers want to return to Earth or travel on to other destinations, they could turn the water into the hydrogen and oxygen commonly used to power space vehicles.


Refueling at the Moon could, therefore, bring down the cost of space travel and make the lunar base more affordable.


 

 

 

 

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