According to a statement NASA posted on Monday, water was discovered on the sunlit face of Earth’s Moon.
The revelation is critical, as it may suggest that water could be distributed across the Moon’s whole surface, and not only in its cold, shadowy place like the poles.
That is excellent news for the astronauts that will set foot on the Moon in the future, as water is a vital resource, both for living and rocket fuel production.
Paul Hertz, director of the astrophysics division in the science mission directorate from NASA’s Washington headquarters, stated:
“We had indications that H2O – the familiar water we know – might be present on the sunlit side of the moon.”
“Now we know it is there. This discovery challenges our understanding of the lunar surface and raises intriguing questions about resources relevant for deep space exploration,” he added.
Water is a vital resource in deep space and a definitory element of life as we know it. NASA is currently trying to determine if the water on the Moon can be accessed easily for future missions
The discovery might change the Artemis program’s course, which is a plan to send the first woman and next man to the Moon in four ears.
Jacob Bleacher, a chief exploration scientist for NASA’s human exploration and operations mission directorate, explained that, if the agency can tap into the Moon’s resources, they can carry less water and more equipment to boost the scientific potential of the exploration mission.
Water can also be used in applications like lunar agriculture, though that idea might be a bit far-fetched for the moment.