Water has been confirmed on the sunlit surface of the moon which now boosts Nasa’s hopes of establishing a lunar base.
The findings have been published as two papers in the journal Nature Astronomy.
Speaking during a virtual teleconference, co-author Casey Honniball, postdoctoral fellow at Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, said: “The amount of water is roughly equivalent to a 12-ounce bottle of water in a cubic metre of lunar soil.”
While there have previously been signs of water on the lunar surface, these new discoveries suggest it is more abundant than previously thought. “It gives us more options for potential water sources on the Moon,” said Hannah Sargeant, a planetary scientist from the Open University in Milton Keynes.
This discovery now raise new possibilities for human settlement on our natural satellite: if water can survive on the moon, then we might be able to as well.