NASA scientists announced the discovery on Monday: there’s quite a bit of frozen water on the moon. In fact, according to two papers published this week in the journal Nature Astronomy, the moon is littered with hidden patches.
The next step for NASA is to send a rover to investigate water-rich regions, and hopefully eventually send astronauts to establish a permanent base, which would be used as a layover on the way to Mars. The detection of water on the lunar surface also means there’s potential for mining water-ice, which would then be broken into oxygen and hydrogen to produce rocket fuel. Basically, the moon would become a space gas station.
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