NASA Confirms Water Presence In The Moon’s Sunlit Surfaces

NASA’s SOFIA Telescope has spotted water in the bright lunar surfaces after its earlier observation of water only in dark and shadowed areas of the moon

Raghav N

October 27, 2020

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American space organization, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has detected water for the first time on the moon’s sunlit surface. Spotted by NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), the study shows that water may be scattered across the lunar surface and not just present in the cold and dark areas. The accessibility of this water for use is still in question.

Some form of hydrogen was detected in the agency’s earlier observations of the moon’s surface, but it was difficult to make a distinction between water (H2O) and Hydroxyl (OH). This time however, SOFIA has detected water molecules in the Clavius Crater. Clavius is one of the largest crater formations on the Moon present in its rocky southern highlands, to the south of the projecting ray crater Tycho.

SOFIA is a Boeing 747SP aircraft designed to carry a 2.7 metre reflecting telescope. The machine flies into the stratosphere at above 38,000 feet, putting it above 99% of the Earth’s infrared blocking atmosphere. This enables astronomers to study space in ways that is not possible with ground telescopes.

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