October 26, 2020

NASA confirms water has been spotted on the sunlit surface of the moon

Dana Mathewson

Color me skeptical. Before I (me being NASA) confirm something as unlikely as this, I would want to have "boots on the ground."

But let's read the article.

NASA announced it has discovered water on the sunlit surface of the moon.

The water was spotted near the Clavius crater, one of the largest crater formations on the celestial satellite and one that can be seen with the naked eye, Paul Hayne, a planetary scientist at the University of Colorado,said on a conference call with the press. Hayne is the lead author of one of the studies published on the topic.

Casey Honniball, lead author of the other study, said there are between 100 and 400 parts per million of water, or "roughly the equivalent of a 12-ounce bottle of water within a cubic meter of lunar soil."

"We had indications that H2O – the familiar water we know – might be present on the sunlit side of the Moon,” said Paul Hertz, NASA's director of the Astrophysics Division in the Science Mission Directorate, in a statement. "Now we know it is there. This discovery challenges our understanding of the lunar surface and raises intriguing questions about resources relevant for deep space exploration.”

The study led by Honniball found the presence of water directly on the surface, while Hayne's study speculated that water may be trapped in "small spatial scales" all over the surface of the moon.

Researchers have known for some time about the existence of that water on the moon, having first discovered water vapor as early as 1971. In 2009, the first evidence of frozen water on the surface was discovered.

As Johnny Carson would have said, "I did not know that!"

On the call, Jacob Bleacher, chief exploration scientist for NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, said the results are "exciting for human exploration," but there are greater implications for it. "Understanding where the water is will help us determine where to send Artemis astronauts on the moon," Bleacher explained.

The new studies note it could be significantly more accessible than previously thought. As such, the water could be used for drinking, fuel supply and other use cases.

Incroyable! I'd be more convinced if NASA hadn't spent some time as a Muslim feel-good organization.

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at 03:57 PM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 I'm skeptical too Dana. Given the daytime temperatures on the Moon reach 250 degrees F. I find it rather doubtful there would be water in direct sunlight.

BTW, notice how the author keeps saying "on the sunlit side" as though half the planet is in sunlight. It suggests he does not understand what he is talking about. The whole Moon is the "sunlit side" at some point, except places in deep craters that are in permanent shade. Between the sunlight and the hard vacuum there is little chance of water remaining in the open. It might be trapped below the surface.

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at October 27, 2020 08:12 AM (Vzqto)

2 I am as skeptical as both of you. Good point about the "sunlit side," too. It's all sunlit repeatedly. Anyway, If I pick up a piece of granite, guess what. I'm holding some water, as granite contains quite a bit of water. All those gravestones in the cemetery? Yep, they contain water. Don't count on them to keep you from dying from thirst though. I no longer read "science" articles in the media. They are published by publicity-seeking idiots.

Posted by: Bill H at October 27, 2020 08:22 AM (vMiSr)

3 Gents, if we get all these "science" writers working hard enough, isn't their goal to prove that there's water on all the planets and we can mount expeditions to all of them? Wasn't there something (Tim's posted it) about water on Venus? Sheesh, I ain't gonna believe THAT no-way (unless you're talking about Venus Williams after a shower). I'm just sorry to see shoddy science writing on Fox News, though I realize their writers aren't necessarily up to the level of, say, WhatsUpWithThat.

Posted by: Dana Mathewson at October 27, 2020 09:23 PM (ia9S4)

4 I guess we can squeeze a tombstone or two when we have droughts Bill!

I agree Dana. It's too bad science writing is so poor. I would do a much better job - or any of us here.

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at October 30, 2020 07:34 AM (ScZUi)

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