Vastavam web: NASA has made a groundbreaking discovery — confirming the presence of water on the surface of moon in the area that is exposed to sunlight. Previously, we knew that water was present as ice on the dark part of the moon, and that’s part of the reason that the next mission to the moon is to the lunar south pole. This isn’t an entirely surprising discovery, because NASA scientists and researchers had previously found indications that water was potentially present on the moon’s sunlight side. But what is new is confirmation, in the form of observational data by NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) that deduce water molecules in the moon’s Clavius crater in its southern hemisphere.
NASA says they were able to detect between 100 and 412 parts per million in an area spanning a cubic meter of soil, which is around the equivalent of a standard 12-ounce bottle of water — to put that in context, NASA points out that “the Sahara desert has 100 times the amount of water” versus what SOFIA was able to detect. This is definitely a landmark discovery and one that will likely prove integral to the future of human deep space exploration. Part of those longer-term goals include establishing a scientific base of operations on the moon from which scientists can conduct research and eventually reach further out to destinations including Mars.