Tech Update: Water found on the lunar surface can be used for drinking as well as rocket fuel


The US space agency NASA has discovered water on the lunar surface. Where the sun's direct rays fall, water has been found on the surface of the moon. According to two studies published on Monday, it is believed that much more water can be found on the Moon than previously estimated. This discovery will greatly encourage future space missions. Not only this, but it can also be used as a fuel product.

In two new types of research published on Monday by Nature Astronomy, there may be a lot more water on the Moon than our old predictions. It also includes ice permanently present in the polar regions. The final search showed signs of water upon scanning the surface. But this discovery failed to find the distance between water and hydroxyl. Hydroxyl is an atom composed of one atom of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen. A new study found chemical evidence that molecular water exists on the lunar surface, even when the sun's rays fall directly into these regions.

Using the data from the Stratosphere Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), the researchers scanned the lunar surface at more precise wavelengths than before. Casey Hannibal, the co-author of the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, said the researchers believed that the water may be inside small beads of glass or some other substance, which protects it from the unfavorable environment outside. Further research will help determine where the water came from and how it was stored.