India’s first mission on the moon, Chandrayaan-1, along with NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) have found something very interesting on the surface of the moon.
It looks like the moon’s water is distributed evenly across the surface of the moon. There is no particular region or area where there is more of it than in other places. Moreover, it seems like the water is present day and night although it is not easy to get access to.
How did they find this?
The space agency went on to explain how they managed to get these results. What they did was derive the data from a diviner instrument on the LRO. They applied this temperature model to data gathered previously by a mineralogy mapper, a spectrometer That NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, offered to India’s team of scientists for their Chandrayaan-1 orbiter.
What does this mean?
This finding could help researchers better understand where this water is coming from and whether it is drinkable or not. Furthermore, if there is a large quantity of it on the moon, explorers who land on the moon can use this water and convert it to oxygen and hydrogen for rocket fuel.
This result contradicts some previous studies. They detected that more water could be found at the moon’s polar latitudes and that the level of water waxes and wanes depending on the lunar cycle.
Joshua Bandfield, a senior research scientist with the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado, and lead author of the new study published in Nature GeoScience felt it necessary to say that they found that the level of water is present both at day time and at night time.
What can we expect for the future? We don’t know yet but we are sure that with all these interesting discoveries it’s bound to be a wild ride.