The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has found evidence that there is water on the sunlit side of the moon. This was announced on Monday, October 26, by Jim Brydenstein, Director General of the U.S. Space Administration, on Twitter.
According to him, this discovery was made with the help of infra-red astronomy observatory, which was created on the basis of Boeing company. It suggests that water can be distributed over the lunar surface and is not limited to shaded areas.
“We don’t yet know if we can use this water as a resource, but the presence of water on the Moon is key to our research plans,” said the NASA director general.
On September 3, the Indian space probe Chandrayaan 1 discovered on the Moon an accumulation of hematite (Fe2O3), a mineral that is formed only in the presence of oxygen and water. Specialists have concluded that when the Moon was protected from solar wind by the “tail” of the Earth’s magnetosphere, which delivered oxygen, on its surface could well undergo reactions of iron oxidation with the formation of mineral rust.