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NASA found water in this celestial body!

By Anwesha Dash


NASA confirms a breakthrough discovery of finding water on the moon’s crater.

SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) a joint project of the U.S.'s NASA and German Aerospace Center has detected water particles on the moon's sunlit surface. This discovery can prove to be legendary since it indicates a presence of water on the lunar surface of the moon and not only in the shadowy region.

NASA announced that the SOFIA telescope picked up the wavelength of water molecules. The water molecules were found in Clavius which is the largest crater of the moon and visible from Earth. The amount of water is quite small, "100 times" smaller than the amount of water found in the Sahara desert. But the discovery of any amount of water at all is most significant since even though, presence of hydrogen was found in the moon, water molecules in the lunar surface were undetected before.

This discovery NASA said might aid with the Artemis project in which the organization hopes to send a man and woman to the moon by 2024. If water is proved to be available on both the shadowed and sunlit surface of the moon then scientists can use resources found in the moon and take less equipment with them. This discovery also points towards questions as to how is it possible for water to be made on a dry and harsh surface with no air.

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