NASA Finds More Water on the Moon
According to recent NASA discoveries there is more water on the moon than expected.
A rocket probe crashed into a shadowy moon crater near the southern pole last year. It dug a hole about the size of a football field into the crater. The dust that shot up was observed by NASA scientists for more than a year. They amazingly found ice crystals, as well as other elements like carbon monoxide, sulphur, silver and mercury.
Up to now NASA has not known much about the material craters are made up of because they were not examined during the 1970s when Apollo astronauts landed on the lunar surface. Today they think that areas near the poles of the moon are much different than the places where the Apollo spacecraft landed.
The findings show that the water and the oxygen found in the dust could maintain a manned base on the moon’s surface. Otherwise NASA would have to bring water to the moon, a much more expensive task. The hydrogen in the water could be used to make fuel for further manned missions to other planets.
The Obama government however has said that America’s real aim is getting men to Mars. Other countries, like India and China, have said that they want to put a man on the lunar surface by 2025.
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