NASA Announces They've Found Water On The Moon
Earth’s orbiting body is much more than the desert-like satellite. NASA has confirmed that it has found water on the surface of the Moon. It’s unknown if said water is usable at this time, but this is very important news.
NASA made the announcement in a video on Twitter, which you can see below. As posted by NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, water was found on a sunlit portion of the Moon for the very first time using the SOFIA telescope, which is located on an airplane.
The Clavius crater–one of the largest crater formations on the Moon–is where scientists found the water, which was visible from Earth. “The detection is very unique for molecular water,” says planetary scientist at the University of Hawaii Shuai Li, who is co-author of one of the new studies about this finding (via CNET). Based on the findings, it could not be anything else.
The reason NASA used a flying telescope was because of the amount of water vapor in the air, as the lower part of the atmosphere on Earth has plenty of water vapor already in it. The SOFIA telescope flies high in the air, cutting out most of the water vapor in the lower atmosphere.
NASA wants to head back to the moon and establish a base on the surface with the Artemis program, mentioned in the video above. And they want to be there by the end of the next decade. “Water on the surface of the moon can be used for several very important things, such as sustaining astronauts, creating oxygen and hydrogen for rocket fuel or power generation, or conducting horticulture experiments,” said computational modeling expert at Australia’s science agency, CSIRO, Craig Lindley.
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