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Recently, scientists have discovered that there is a huge amount of water on the Moon, hiding beneath the surface. Since these initial discoveries, researchers at the Boulder Space Science Institute in Colorado have found evidence that this water is widely distributed throughout the Moon and is present during the lunar day and the lunar night.


However, they also observed that water appears to exist primarily as OH (a reactive hydroxyl molecule rather than H2O) and may not be easily accessed. These findings were published in the journal Nature Geoscience.

These findings could give researchers a better understanding of the origins of the Moon's water and how it was distributed. Not only that, but the information could also be a great asset for future missions on our lunar satellite. Infrared detection instruments were used in the research.

In addition, as more and more agencies and companies explore the possibility of traveling back to the moon and creating a lunar base, this water could be used as potable water or even turned into rocket fuel by splitting hydrogen and oxygen.

In addition to the potential of this discovery to expand human knowledge and our ability to live and use the Moon as a resource, it could also allow scientists to better understand how water can exist in other rocky cosmic bodies.

As we search for exoplanets, it may be difficult to observe concretely the conditions of their surfaces. Perhaps remote sensing instruments and new techniques of analysis, such as those used for this study, can improve these observations. [ ScienceAlert ]

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