Water on moon: Big Discovery
NASA's SOFIA discovers traces of water on sunlit surface of Moon.
Earlier studies of the Moon's surface, including those conducted during the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) Chandrayaan-1 mission, detected some form of hydrogen, the NASA scientists said these were unable to distinguish between water and its close chemical relative, hydroxyl (OH).
But this they scientists confirmed that water molecules are not limited to the cold, shadowed places as previously thought rather detected water molecules (H2O) in Clavius Crater -- one of the largest craters visible from the Earth, located in the Moon's southern hemisphere.
Data from the current study, published in the journal Nature Astronomy, revealed that the Clavius Crater region has water roughly equivalent to a 12-ounce bottle of water -- trapped in a cubic meter of soil spread across the lunar surface which is 1/100th amount of water found in Sahara Desert.
The discovery raises new questions about how water is created, how it persists on the harsh & airless lunar surface and is it easily accessible for use as a resource?