NASA confirms water has been spotted on the sunlit surface of the moon

NASA confirms water has been spotted on the sunlit surface of the moon

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NASA announced it has discovered water on the sunlitsurfaceon the moon. The water was spotted near the Clavius crater, one of the largest crater formations on the celestial satellite and one that can be seen with the naked eye, Paul Hayne, a planetary scientist at the University of Colorado,said on a conference call with the press. Hayne is the lead author of one of the studies published on the topic. Casey Honniball, lead author of the other study, said 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. "NASA HAS A PLAN FOR YEARLY ARTEMIS MOON FLIGHTS THROUGH 2030. THE FIRST ONE COULD FLY IN 2021. We had indications that H2O the familiar water we know might be present on the sunlit side of the Moon, said Paul Hertz, NASAs director of the Astrophysics Division in the Science Mission Directorate, in a statement. Now we know it is there. This discovery challenges our understanding of the lunar surface and raises intriguing questions about resources relevant for deep space exploration. Researchers have known for some time about the existence of that water on the moon, having first discovered water vapor as early as 1971. In 2009, the first evidence of frozen water on the surface wasdiscovered. On the call, Jacob Bleacher, chief exploration scientist for NASAs Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, said the results are "exciting for human exploration," but there are greater implications for it. "Understanding where the water is will help us determine where to send Artemis astronauts on the moon," Bleacher said. The new studies note it could be significantly more accessible than previously thought. As such, the water 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, making them

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