astronomy Researcher: First definitive proof of frozen water on the lunar surface
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The incident could facilitate missions to Earth's satellite
wScientists have reported that ice has been found on the surface of the moon for the first time. Scientists have been reporting for years about the evidence of frozen water on the Earth's moon. However, other explanations, such as unusual light reflections, have always been questioned for these observations, the scientists explained on Tuesday.
The presence of frozen water on the moon could provide survival for people in the future. It has been known for some time that there is water under the surface of the moon.
However, it is "the first time scientists have definitive evidence of the existence of frozen water on the (moon) surface," said Shuai Li of the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology of the AFP. The ice is therefore in the cool shade of craters on both moon piles. There it is "super cold", said Li, the temperatures never come above the minus 150 degrees.
Such evidence was documented by the researchers of the Indian Chandrayaan-1 space probe during a mission in 2008. A comparison with data from the NASA reconnaissance instrument M3 has yielded three chemical signatures, "which absolutely prove that there is frozen ice on the moon", NASA said.
How much ice is unclear according to Li. The instruments would have identified the frozen water only a few millimeters from the lunar surface. A robot vehicle could help with the investigation of ice deposits, suggested Li. If enough ice is available, it could potentially be used as a source for future moon expeditions or even longer stays there, NASA said.
The full study on ice on the moon was published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.