Moon is richer in water than once thought

28 October, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Moon is richer in water than once thought

There may be far more water on the Moon than previously thought, according to two studies published on Monday raising the tantalising prospect that astronauts on future space missions could find refreshment—and maybe even fuel—on the lunar surface, reports AFP.

The Moon was believed to be bone dry until around a decade ago, when a series of findings suggested that our nearest celestial neighbour had traces of water ice in permanently-shadowed craters at its polar regions. Two new studies published in Nature Astronomy on Monday suggest water could be even more widespread, including the first confirmation that it is present even in easier-to-access sunlit areas.


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