water molecules movement on moon surface

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, NASA’s Spacecraft has observed that water molecules are moving around the day-side of the moon. “Sparse layer of molecules temporarily stuck to the Moon’s surface, which helped characterize lunar hydration changes over the course of a day,” revealed the paper published in Geophysical Research Letters.

“The study is an important step in advancing the water story on the Moon and is a result of years of accumulated data from the LRO mission,” said John Keller, LRO deputy project scientist from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. Also Read: The first walking robot that can walk with GPS.

“These results aid in understanding the lunar water cycle and will ultimately help us learn about accessibility of water that can be used by humans in future missions to the Moon,” said lead author Amanda Hendrix, a senior scientist at the Planetary Science Institute.

“Lunar water can potentially be used by humans to make fuel or to use for radiation shielding or thermal management; if these materials do not need to be launched from Earth, that makes these future missions more affordable.”