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NASA Says There's Water on the Moon: Why Does It Matter?

In a breakthrough discovery, NASA announced that the moon may contain more water than originally thought, including on its sunlit surface. The findings were observed using NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) telescope and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. But what does finding lunar water mean for humanity? Take a look at why scientists view this as an achievement.

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    Water Found in Sunlight and Shadow on the Moon

    Water Found in Sunlight and Shadow on the Moon

    For most of the space age, the moon has been considered a waterless world. In recent years, however, a steady drip-drip of discovery has shown that …

    How We Discovered Water on the Moon

    How We Discovered Water on the Moon

    NASA’s interest in lunar water is not purely academic. It was a ten-hour flight from takeoff to landing, wheels up just after 6 P.M., from Palmdale, California, out over the Pacific. For the first nine hours and forty minutes, Casey Honniball, a twenty-seven-year-old planetary scientist, didn’t have …

    The Mystery of Moon Water

    The Mystery of Moon Water

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    The Atlantic - Marina Koren

    The lunar supply won’t be anything like the stuff on Earth, but NASA wants it anyway. Ten years ago, a rocket slammed into the moon. The impact sent a plume of lunar material from the moon’s south pole flying out into space. For a few minutes, the spacecraft that had unleashed the rocket coasted …

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    Micro cold traps on the Moon
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    Micro cold traps on the Moon

    Water ice is thought to be trapped in large permanently shadowed regions in the Moon’s polar regions, due to their extremely low temperatures. Here, …

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