Humans have dreamed about living on the Moon for centuries, but this ambitious vision hinges on the amount of water that lies hidden in the lunar surface. As an essential resource for life support, rocket fuel, and power generators, the water supply on the Moon directly correlates to the odds of establishing a long-term human presence there.
Now, scientists have announced the first unambiguous evidence of water on sunlit surfaces of the Moon and concluded that lunar water ice “may be more widely distributed and accessible as a resource for future missions than previously thought,” according to a major research package published in Nature Astronomy.
“Today we are announcing that, for the first time, water has been confirmed to be present on a sunlit surface of the Moon,” said Paul Hertz, astrophysics division director at NASA Headquarters in Washington DC, during a NASA teleconference on Monday.
“This is exciting because the expectation is that any water present on a sunlit surface of the Moon would not survive the lunar day,” continued Hertz. “The discovery reveals that water might be distributed across the lunar surface and not limited to the cold shadowed places near the lunar poles, where we have previously discovered water ice.”
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