The Search for Water on the Moon – All About Nasa Moon Water

In September 2009, NASA was excited to announce the discovery of water on the moon. According to the director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington, Jim Green, the search for water on the moon has been akin to the “holy grailâ€ for lunar scientists. He states that it was not just ingenuity and perseverance that made this discovery possible, but also the international cooperation between the US and India Space programs. The two programs have been working together on the project since 2008. The permanently shadowed portion of the moon has been under investigation by scientists, as the materials that the moon has collected on that side have not been broken down by the sun’s rays. In addition to NASA moon water, the shadowed lunar surface could give a history of the solar system by its chemical make-up. Just as the deep earth cores help scientists study how the atmosphere on earth has changed over millions of years. The newest release of data from NASA suggests that much more than just water has been found on the moon. Using the ongoing data collected from the Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO which were first sent up in 2009, they have discovered that the water on the moon was most likely deliver by comet impacts over time, as the ice veins are spread in plumes. In addition to water, they found methane, ammonia, hydrogen gas, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. These volatiles indicate not only comet and asteroid impacts, but also active lunar water cycling. The fascinating implications of this discovery is that with both available water and active water cycling, planning for a lunar base is easier, as human explorers could use make use of the moon water. The presence of volatiles also suggests a potential fuel source. According to NASA, the most important gain has been an increased understanding of our solar system, its resources, and how it’s changed over time. This will help us learn how to use it to our advantage in the future.