NASA discovers accessible water on the sunlight of the Moon. NASA discovers accessible water on the sunlight of the Moon.

NASA discovers accessible water on the sunlight of the Moon.

SOFIA`s Observatory exploration of the Moon superficies rise new questions on the nature of the lunar desert.
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On Monday the 26th of October, the NASA space agency proclaimed to medias the founding of sources of water on another sunlit Moonside. The discovery lead by a group of Engineers has been possible thanks to the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). NASA says SOFIA detected water molecules in Clavius, one of the largest craters visible from Earth.

Such discovery is an extension of previous research made on the Moon superficies, which turned the idea of a completely desertic dry surface into rising of questions related to the nature of this surprising founding, whereas water on the moon was found only in dark and cold areas, away from sun rays` illumination. SOFIA`s founding is the beginning of a set of new missions by NASA in relation to the presence of water on the Moon, which are yet been added to the Agenda for 2021 and 2026.


“We had indications that H2O – the familiar water we know – might be present on the sunlit side of the Moon,” said Paul Hertz, director of the Astrophysics Division in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “Now we know it is there. Researchers are now brought to face questions related to the nature and existence of water on such harsh lunar superficies. Indeed, Apollo`s astronauts who came back from the Moon in 1969, thought this to be completely dry.

Differently, lately water in solid form as ice has been found around the lunar pol`s areas. Although, the last NASA mission of SOFIA could not specifically detect the form of water found under sunlight. SOFIA’s follow-up flights will look for water in additional sunlit locations and during different lunar phases to learn more about how the water is produced, stored, and moved across the Moon. Future NASA’s Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) will create the first water resource maps of the Moon for future human space exploration.

Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA)

Picture recorded by NASA`s satellite- 2020

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