A team of NASA researchers who were studying the moon with the help of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spotted water on the moon. To be more precise, the team discovered water molecules moving on the surface of the Earth’s natural satellite.
Data collected with the help of the Lyman Mapping Project instrument which is aboard the LRO has revealed the presence of what seems to be a thin layer of water molecules which can remain temporary stuck on the surface of the moon, a phenomenon which can influence the lunar hydration levels.
Researchers used to believe that the surface of the moon is mostly arid, except a few pockets of ice that were close to the poles. It is impossible for liquid water to form on the surface of the moon since it is unable to persist on the surface with the vapor being decomposed by sunlight at an accelerated pace.
NASA discovered water on the moon
The first hints towards the existence of water on the moon were found in 2009 when the Moon Mineralogy Mapper spectrometer aboard the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft. The traces of water molecules were quite small, measuring 0.00011 –inch.
In March 2010, another instrument carried by Chandrayaan-1 was able to track down at last 40 dark craters on the moon. It is theorized that they could contain an estimated amount of 600 million metric tons of water-ice. The information provided by the Mini-SAR suggested that the ice should be quite weak, with a minimal amount of impurities being present. The relative thickness spans several meters.
The quest for water continued as NASA launched the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission in 2009. Initial surveys confirmed the presence of a chemical compound called hydroxyl. While the chemical group was linked to the presence of further water analysis was required to verify the theory. The recent discovery is quite valuable since it could be a useful asset for a future moon mission. It is possible that the astronauts could be able to convert the ice deposits into usable water. That remains to be seen since the reality of a lunar colony is still far away.
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