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Two different teams, each consisting of a network of scientists from all across the globe, had their studies published Monday in peer-reviewed journal Nature Astronomy. Their work, although differing in methodology, led both teams to confirm that there is water on the moon.
Scientists with the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Anatomy, better known as SOFIA, used three independent spacecraft to detect “widespread hydration” on the lunar surface. A second study simultaneously found evidence of water on shadowed regions near the moon’s poles. However, these molecules are trapped in ice due to extreme temperatures.
According to the Washington Post, launching water to space costs thousands of dollars per gallon, and future explorers may be able to