The “Stratosphere” observatory of NASA for infrared astronomy (Sophia) confirmed, for the first time, the presence of water on the surface of the moonlit with the light of the sun.
This discovery indicates that water could be distributed in other regions of the moon, and not limited to cold, shady places.
According to the results of the two studies, there are areas in the bright side of the moon that contain ice, and if the discoveries prove to be correct, the astronauts will be able to use the water for drinking purposes in future missions.
The two studies, published today in the scientific journal “Nature Astronomy”, indicated that the amount of water on the moon is greater than previously thought, and includes ice stored in areas on the side of the illuminated moon, permanently.
One of the studies provides additional chemical evidence for the presence of water molecules on the moon.
“We have indications that the familiar water that we know may be present on the sunlit side of the moon,” said Paul Hertz, director of the Astrophysics Division at the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington.
“Now we know it (water) is there,” Hertz added. “This discovery challenges our understanding of the moon’s surface and raises interesting questions about resources related to deep space exploration.”
In June, NASA allocated $ 287,000 over two years to fund research on life forms in space.
And a “NASA” research paper published in the “Astrophysics” magazine this month revealed that there may be many civilizations residing in the Milky Way galaxy waiting to be found.
The USA Today newspaper reported that the funding will be allocated to technical indicators, which are quantifiable effects, which provide scientific evidence of the existence of past or current technologies in a particular location.
Scientific research in the past five years has raised questions about the possibility of life in planets other than Earth, after the discovery of many indicators such as the presence of water vapor in the atmosphere.
During the past 25 years, researchers have discovered more than 4,000 planets outside our solar system, including Earth-like planets, and life on them may be possible.