Author: Sakshi K. Dubey
Looks like jokes are turning into reality in 2020 and so we wonder is there something else left we haven’t seen this year? Because here’s one for you to blatantly say:
US scientists, with help of SOFIA, yesterday announced their discovery of the first direct evidence of molecular water on the sunlit part of the Moon. Researchers at the NASA, and other collaborating institutions in the US have detected a distinct infrared spectral signature that they say can only be explained through molecular water — or H2O.
NASA published a detailed article ‘NASA’S SOFIA Discovers Water on Sunlit Surface of Moon’ at their site and also broke the news on twitter about it. The scientists believe that the water is probably stored in between dust grains on the lunar surface that protect it from the harsh environment. Paul Hayne at Colorado University and his colleagues’ assessment suggests that around 40,000 sq km of the lunar surface can trap water.
Leading Chandrayan-1 discovery of the possibility of water on the Moon has come true after 11 long years. In 2009, Chandrayan-1 detected the signatures of hydroxyl (OH), a component of molecular water, but it was unclear whether the OH had emerged from water or other hydroxyl compounds.
Wait, don’t just get too happy here,
Studies suggest that the temperature in a cold trap could be minus 184°C. “The temperatures are so low in cold traps that ice would behave like a rock. If water gets in there, it’s not going anywhere for a billion years,” Hayne said.
NASA’s Ames Research Center writes: SOFIA is a modified Boeing 747SP aircraft that allows astronomers to study the solar system and beyond in ways that are not possible with ground-based telescopes. This discovery indicates that water may be distributed across the lunar surface, and not limited to cold, shadowed places.
Scientists hope that samples from cold traps could tell us more about how the Moon and the Earth – got its water, perhaps providing evidence of water delivered by asteroids, comets and the solar wind, he states.
And now comes what you were thinking about, NASA, which plans to establish a space station in the lunar orbit called Gateway, envisages that ice excavated from the Moon’s south pole may one day supply drinking water.
One day… indeed…
— TheTeams (@realtheteams) October 26, 2020
— Mr. Hyde (@J_C_Hyde) October 26, 2020
Thus arises the rightful concern over the habitation with Moon and Mars going: existence khatre mei hai !
Well, the moon is not a planet, so we've a ways to go. It'll probably be Mars we wreck next!
— Jesus H. Christ (@JConabicycle) October 26, 2020
— noireshanghai (@noireshanghai) October 26, 2020
Already another business strategy is set with #moonwater
*googling “how to invest in a company that doesn’t exist yet”*
— Mayonnaise Boy sez BLM (@paintedsky_ca) October 26, 2020
Hear me out here….new marketing idea. Bottled Moon water!! Call it Lunaqua and charge $8000 for a 500ml bottle. #MoonWater
— Kepler 62f (@Kepler_62f) October 26, 2020
Just waiting for Aliens to arrive now and 2020 safal ho jaayega ache se
— UFO Stories 🛸👽 (@UFOstories) October 26, 2020
Let’s drink to it till then for we check-out another milestone achieved !