The American space agency NASA discovered water on the surface of the moon. This water was discovered on the lunar surface where direct sunlight falls. According to two studies published on Monday, it is believed that more water could be present on the moon than previously estimated. This discovery will give great power to Space Mission in the future. Not only that, it can also be used in the production of fuel.
Two new studies published Monday in Nature Astronomy suggested there may be more water on the Moon than our old estimate. It also includes the permanent ice present in the polar regions. In previous research, there have been indications of water when scanning the surface, but this research has failed to distinguish between water (H2O) and hydroxyl. Hydroxyl is a molecule made up of a hydrogen atom and an oxygen atom.
However, a new study has found chemical evidence that molecular water exists on the moon’s surface, even in areas where sunlight is directly exposed.
Using data from the Stratosphere Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (Sophia), the researchers scanned the lunar surface at a more precise wavelength than before.
???? ICYMI… using our @SOFIATelescope, we found water on the sunny surface of the Moon for the first time. Scientists believe that water could be stored in glass-bead-like structures in the ground that can be smaller than a pencil point. A recap: https://t.co/lCDDp7pbclpic.twitter.com/d3CRe96LDm
– NASA (@NASA) October 26, 2020
Casey Hannibal, co-author of the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, said researchers believe water may be inside glass beads or whatever material protects it from l external environment. . Further study will help find out where this water comes from and how it is stored.
He said: “If we get enough water from many places, maybe we can use it as a resource for human exploration. It can be used as drinking water, oxygen and rocket fuel. East.”
At the same time, in a second study, there were signs of snow in some places in the polar regions of the Moon. It is believed that this ice is present in the lunar pits and that there has never even been a sun on it.
Large pits have also been found on the moon earlier. NASA found water crystals in a deep pit near the Moon’s south pole in 2009.