The head of the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Jim Bridenstine confirmed the presence of water on the moon. The head of the organization said this on his Twitter.
вЂњThis is the first time we've confirmed the presence of water on the solar surface of the Moon,вЂќ Bridenstine said. The specialist clarified that this information was obtained with the help of the SOFIA stratospheric laboratory, created on the basis of the Boeing aircraft. вЂњWe don't know yet if we can use it as a resource,вЂќ the NASA chief said. Jim Bridenstine noted that the study of liquids on a natural satellite of the Earth is a key task of the Artemis mission.
Science website Phys.org clarified that water molecules were found in Clavius Crater вЂ” one of the largest craters visible from Earth. It is located in the southern hemisphere of the celestial body. Judging by the data, water is distributed over the surface of the Moon in small concentrations, its total capacity is equivalent to a 12-ounce bottle of water. The publication gives an example that, for comparison, the Sahara desert contains about a hundred times more liquid than the moon.
The SOFIA results are based on years of research on the search for liquid on the moon. Scientists assumed that the lunar soil has some hydration, but experts did not even know the approximate volumes of water.
In the summer of 2019, American scientists found evidence that there is more water on the lunar surface in the form of ice than previously thought. According to astronomers, water may be contained in ice that accumulates in craters.