The moon has captured the hearts and minds of people for, well, as far back as we know. It appears every night as a faithful friend, and it is easy to see why mankind wondered in the ages before the space flight what was really up there. It is now almost half a century since man walked on the moon surface, but it seems that the moon still has a few secrets to discover.
Scientists who study the data from NASA's Moon Mineralogy Mapper have been able to establish with certainty that there is water on the moon. The water, in the form of ice, is located on the poles of the moon. It is scattered in small pockets, hidden in craters made during collisions long ago and the ice is probably very, very old.
The ice was discovered thanks to India & # 39; s Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, which was sent into space a full decade ago. The instruments on board were able to detect the ice by studying how light came into contact with it on the lunar surface. By carefully examining the way light reflects a material, researchers can determine a lot and in this case it was easy for the spacecraft to see the difference between the ice and the surrounding surface.
This discovery is important for a number of reasons. No, NASA can not imagine that we find any evidence of life frozen in the old ice, but that does not mean that it is not worth researching. While different space travel programs around the world are beginning to step up their efforts to explore other bodies, the Moon is likely to become an important destination, not only for research but also as a starting point for missions that go deeper into the solar system. .
The possibilities of some moon base are very real, and if there is already water (albeit frozen) at the poles of the moon, the potential can be used as a resource for future missions. Neil Armstrong was perhaps the first person to walk on the moon, but who will be the first to drink a glass of moon water?