NASA discovered water on the sunlit face of the Moon

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The big news announced by NASA on Monday about the Moon was about water. The water was spotted by NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) near the Clavius crater, one of the largest crater formations on the celestial satellit. There are between 100 and 400 parts per million of water, or “roughly the equivalent of a 12-ounce bottle of water within a cubic meter of lunar soil.” “We had indications that H2O – the familiar water we know – might be present on the sunlit side of the Moon,” said Paul Hertz, NASA’s director of the Astrophysics Division in the Science Mission Directorate

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. The new studies note water could be significantly more accessible than previously thought. It could be used for drinking, fuel supply and other use cases. Water was previously believed to only exist on areas of the moon that are always in shadows and do not receive sunlight. SOFIA is a modified Boeing 747 airplane capable of flying high in Earth’s atmosphere, allowing for its 9-foot telescope to get a “clear view of the universe and objects in our solar system.” Scientists still have to determine what form the newly discovered water is in, how much of it exists and whether it can be extracted.