Moon may hold solidified water in a bigger number of spots than suspected

Researchers state the moon's shadowed, freezing alcoves and crevices may hold solidified water in a bigger number of spots and in bigger amounts than recently suspected. 

That is uplifting news for space explorers at future lunar bases who could take advantage of these assets for drinking and making rocket fuel. 

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In a couple of studies distributed Monday, researchers state beyond what 15,400 square miles of lunar landscape can trap water as ice. That is 20% more region than recently suspected. These ice-rich zones are close to the moon's north and south poles. 

Dr. Naseem Rangwala is the NASA venture researcher for the SOFIA airborne observatory credited with the disclosure. 

"We are extremely energized that these subsequent perceptions will search for water in more sunlit areas to all the more likely see how water is made, put away and moved over the lunar surface after some time," Rangwala said. 

Another NASA researcher on the call, Dr. Jacob Grandstand, addressed the significance of water for the office's investigation plans. 

"Understanding where the water is on the moon will assist us with getting ready to send space explorers to the lunar south pole for the Artemis program," Grandstand said. 

Temperatures are low to the point that the water might have been caught there for millions or even billions of years. 

NASA Overseer Jim Bridenstine tweeted about the disclosure. 

"We affirmed water on the sunlit surface of the Moon for the first run through utilizing @SOFIAtelescope," Bridenstine tweeted. "We don't have the foggiest idea yet on the off chance that we can utilize it as an asset, yet finding out about water on the Moon is key for our #Artemis investigation plans." 

Prior, NASA tweeted, "Cheerful Monday, skygazers! We're going into the week with some interesting news from @SOFIAtelescope about our splendid wonderful Moon!"

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