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Water on the Moon: a discovery, an estimate, and why it matters

  Nov 05, 2020

Water on the Moon: a discovery, an estimate, and why it matters

Q. Why is this in news ?

A. The Moon has water at places where none had been detected before, and has potentially more water than previously believed in regions where it was already understood to exist. In two separate studies in Nature Astronomy, scientists have reported findings with potentially huge implications for sustaining humans on the Moon in the future. One study reports the detection of water on the Moon’s sunlit surface for the first time. The other estimates that the Moon’s dark, shadowy regions, which potentially contain ice, are more widespread than thought.

Q. Why is the discovery of water important?

Q. What was known about water on the Moon?

Q. What is different in the new discovery?

Q. How could the water have formed?

Q. So, how widespread is water on the Moon?

Q. What next?