NASA today announced that researchers have found molecular water on the sunlight surface of the moon. The discovery was done by NASA’s scientists from stratospheric observatory for infrared Astronomy.
The new discovery indicated that water molecules may be distributed across the lunar surface and not limited to shadowed places.
???? ICYMI… using our @SOFIATelescope, we found water on the Moon's sunlit surface for the first time. Scientists think the water could be stored inside glass beadlike structures within the soil that can be smaller than the tip of a pencil. A recap: https://t.co/lCDDp7pbcl pic.twitter.com/d3CRe96LDm— NASA (@NASA) October 26, 2020
Researchers said the discovery will benefit future exploration plans and also in landing astronauts on the moon again.
A couple of astronauts will be sent to the moon in 2024 under NASA’s Artemis programme. They will drink the water discovered on the lunar surface and use it to make rocket fuel.