Scientists from NASA were able to confirm that there is water on the sunlit side of the Moon. This discovery will affect the fate of future lunar missions and space exploration.
Until the 1990s, it was believed that the Moon could not have water since it did not have an atmosphere that would protect the satellite from the sun's rays. But then scientists found traces of ice in one large and inaccessible crater. Since then, research in this direction has not stopped.
With new data from the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA, scientists can confirm that there is water on the Moon.
They analyzed the distribution of "cold traps" on the satellite. These areas are so cold that if water gets there once, it will be frozen forever. According to preliminary calculations, water ice can cover up to 40 thousand square kilometers.
The research team believes the Moon's water could be drinkable and suitable for rocket fuel, and more.