NASA announces that 'we confirmed water on the part of the moon that is exposed to sunlight'


Rob Pettengill

The Stratospheric Infrared Observatory (SOFIA), a flight observatory operated by NASA, has confirmed for the first time that water molecules are also present in the part of the moon that is exposed to sunlight.

Molecular water detected on the sunlit Moon by SOFIA | Nature Astronomy

NASA's SOFIA Discovers Water on Sunlit Surface of Moon | NASA

Water On The Moon: NASA Confirms Water Molecules On Our Neighbor's Sunny Surface: NPR

Scientists Just Reported The First Unambiguous Detection of Water on The Moon

NASA uses the infrared camera of the flight observatory 'SOFIA' to observe the moon surface with a telescope with a diameter of 106 inches (about 2.7 meters) while flying in the stratosphere at an altitude of 45,000 feet (about 13.7 km), on the southern hemisphere side of the moon. A wavelength peculiar to water molecules was detected in the Clavius crater on the side (visible from the earth). It has been confirmed by the unmanned spacecraft ' El Cross ' that ice exists in the crater on the moon where it is not exposed to light, but the existence of water in the 'part where it is exposed to sunlight' This is the first time I have confirmed it.

According to NASA, the amount of water detected is about 350 milliliters per cubic meter of lunar soil, and the total amount is about one-hundredth of the water that exists in the entire Sahara Desert. In the moon without atmosphere, when sunlight hits, water evaporates and is lost in outer space, so it is thought that some mechanism is working on the 'water in the part exposed to sunlight' detected this time. , NASA said that 'the cause is unknown at this stage', water can be 'trapped in minerals such as natural glass in the soil caused by impact of meteorites' and 'sandwiched between grains of soil' I'm just talking about sex.

Since 'water', which is an important element for life, is valuable in outer space, the existence of water is being investigated as one of the signs of life in many planetary exploration projects. 'Water is a valuable resource for scientific purposes and for use by lunar explorers,' said Jacob Bleacher, chief scientist at NASA's Manned Exploration and Mission Operations Headquarters. If we can use the water that exists, we will be able to reduce the amount of water we bring from the earth and bring in more research equipment that will enable new scientific discoveries. '

NASA will launch the unmanned rover ' Viper ' to measure the position of water on the moon in 2022, and will carry out the 'Artemis program' to send humanity back to the moon by 2024.

NASA explains the details of the 'Artemis program' that sends humanity to the moon again in a movie --GIGAZINE

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