Shadows from bumps on the Moon may hide water ice

Water ice exists on the Moon inside craters near the poles of the satellite, where the sun’s rays never penetrate. But not only that. New evidence suggests that ice on the Moon may persist in the shadow of the satellite’s natural irregularities.

The moon’s surface is much more uneven than previously thought, and this fact, NASA experts believe, opens up opportunities for water to exist in shaded areas on our satellite’s surface in the form of ice. This is indicated by an updated model of the moon created by NASA scientists based on photos from the Apollo mission.

“Boulders, craters and other objects on the surface of our natural satellite all create shadows that prevent the moon from warming evenly throughout the day. This means that water ice may well persist in shaded areas. Our modeling results show that this is real, and ice on the Moon can exist not only in the eternal shadow zone in craters near the poles,” say the authors of a new scientific paper.

“Surface ice on the Moon can be exposed to sunlight, but the water particles freeze again after they melt, so the substance persists on the satellite’s surface. The ice on the moon is very important in future projects to develop the resources of our planet’s satellite,” say the foreign scientists.