Ice found on the moon
Scientists say they have found water ice on the moon’s north and south poles. The discovery means that it can be used as a source of water for future moon missions.
In a discovery that could have major implications for the future of humanity, the researchers have found frozen water on the Moon for the first time.
The water could be broken down and eventually used for rocket fuel or oxygen to breathe, according to the scientists, who note that the discovery is important.
“These ice deposits can be used as an in situ resource in future exploration of the Moon,” the researchers wrote.
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The scientists added that the presence of ice on the surface of the Moon would also lead to the presence of ice elsewhere in the solar system.
“The size and the distribution of ice on the Moon are distinguished from those of other airless bodies in the inner solar system, such as Mercury and Ceres, which may be associated with the unique formation and evolution of the Moon,” the researchers wrote.
The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.
The discovery was made using high-tech satellite scans and imaging techniques that are able to distinguish between different types of water, such as liquid or frozen, and whether it is locked in place in the soil or minerals.
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While the presence of water on the Moon is nothing new, (it was first discovered on the Moon in 2009 by three spacecraft, according to Space.com), the presence of ice on the polar regions can make moon colonies a possibility. It would let astronautsharvest the water without having to bring it from the Earth.
The presence of water on the surface of the Moon has also lead some researchers to speculate that the surface could have supported life billions of years ago.
Earlier this year, the researchers showed that water on the Moon is more accessible than we thought, gives new hope for its potential.
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The analysis, which appeared in the journal Nature Geoscience in February, could allow researchers to understand where the water comes from. It can also indicate whether it can be used for life or for conversion into rocket fuel, breaking it down into its basic elements, hydrogen and oxygen.
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