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Saturday, April 17, 2021

NASA Scientists Find Evidence of Water on the Moon

NASA announced that they found traces of water on the moon using a Boeing 747 with a telescope installed at the back.

NASA announced that they found traces of water on the moon using a Boeing 747 with a telescope installed at the back.

The announcement was made from the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), the said plane with a telescope on its back.

According to NASA, the moon has a set of “water traps” that could hold water stably and that it could be distributed right across the lunar surface, not just trapped in the cold, shadowed parts of the Moon.

NASA senior scientist Casey Honniballis explained that the water is not in a recognizable solid or liquid form but rather as hydrogen and oxygen molecules are so far apart, they are neither in liquid or solid form.

The NASA scientists could not differentiate the chemical signature to definitively say how much was “molecular” water and how much was hydroxyl, a molecule that’s one hydrogen atom short of becoming water (OH). 

“It’s incredible that this discovery came out of what was essentially a test, and now that we know we can do this, we’re planning more flights to do more observations, said Naseem Rangwala, SOFIA’s project scientist at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley.

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