The Chang’E-5 Lander of China Makes the First Onsite Detection of Water on Our Moon

The Chang’E-5 Lander of China Makes the First Onsite Detection of Water on Our Moon

We should all be grateful that our Moon is full of wonders. Despite the fact that astronomers have been learning so much important things about our natural satellite, new information seems like it will be emerging forever. And although it may be frustrating, that’s the whole of science!

According to, water signals in reflectance spectral data from the surface of the Moon were detected, and it’s the first evidence of in-situ detection of water found on our natural satellite. The data was collected by the Chang’E-5 lander of China. A research team led by LIN Honglei from the Institute of Geology and Geophysics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (IGGCAS) and Profs. LIN Yangting was responsible for the discovery.

Water present on the Moon is not something entirely new

Water was found on the Moon many times in the past. 

China’s lander collected 1,731g of samples. The spacecraft landed on a young mare basalt, and it used its lunar mineralogical spectrometer (LMS) for spectral reflectance measurements of regolith and rock. That granted the chance to detect water on the lunar surface.

Over the decades, the Moon has been the subject of many scientific explorations. For instance, some scientists recently suspected that an alien structure was found on our natural satellite. But after a closer investigation, it seems like they were wrong. For that scientific journey, another spacecraft of China was used: the Yutu-2 rover.

Andrew Jones was saying via Twitter back at the moment of the discovery:

Ah. We have an update from Yutu-2 on the lunar far side, including an image of a cubic shape on the northern horizon ~80m away from the rover in Von Kármán crater. Referred to as “神秘小屋” (“mystery house”), the next 2-3 lunar days will be spent getting closer to check it out.

The new study about the detection of water was published in Science Advances.

Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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