Are your kids fascinated with space and the planets? If so, they are going to love this!!
NASA Just Discovered Water On The Moon’s Sunlit Surface and it is the coolest thing!!
The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) made the incredible discovery.
According to Paul Hartz, the Astrophysics Division director at NASA Headquarters:
“This is exciting because the expectation is that any water present on the sunlit surface of the moon might not survive the lunar day.”
What is really awesome is, that this is the first step for having resources on the moon.
This water could be used as a resource during upcoming missions — like NASA’s return of humans to the lunar surface through the Artemis program.
This is a huge step forward in learning more about the Moon and if it is habitable.
The illustration above shows the Clavius Crater on the moon. The graphic depicts water trapped in the lunar soil there, along with an image of NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy that found sunlit lunar water.
“Without a thick atmosphere, water on the sunlit lunar surface should just be lost to space,” said Honniball, now a postdoctoral fellow at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. “Yet somehow we’re seeing it. Something is generating the water, and something must be trapping it there.”