Although water on the natural satellite of our planet has been discovered quite a long time ago, the scientific world has believed that it exists there in the form of water ice, which will accumulate in the dark craters lying around the South Pole of the Silver Globe.
Now it turns out that water is found practically on the entire surface of the moon. Such revelations have come to us from scientists involved in the project of the American space observatory SOFIA. The instrument detected water not only in craters, but also in sunny areas. Scientists indicate that this fluid that gives life to living organisms is contained in the glass grains of volcanic origin.
Analyzes made on the basis of data obtained by SOFIA tell us that in many places the concentration of water in regolith is as high as 412 parts per million, which means that there is less water there than in the Sahara desert, but still enough to obtain it in order to survive there human colony. Scientists are happy because no one expected so much water on the moon.
SOFIA has discovered large amounts of water in the Klawiusz Crater, which is located on the southern side of the moon. Scientists believe that the life-giving liquid moves along the surface with the following days. NASA has been building a robot for some time to extract regolith and extract water molecules and other valuable raw materials from it.
There is so much water on the moon that you can easily build bases there, and then large colonies for thousands of people. Water means that we will have at our disposal not only a means to survive and build space gardens that will provide us with food, but also obtain oxygen and hydrogen from it, i.e. fuel for machines and rockets.
The latest, wonderful discovery of NASA gives us hope for a quick colonization of this globe in 2024. In fact, the most important thing is the resources that will allow us to survive in this inhospitable place. Thanks to water it will be much easier. Water on the moon was traced using the SOFIA Sky Space Observatory. It is a telescope with a mirror diameter of 2.5 meters, working in the infrared radiation range, which is on board the Boeing 747SP.