At the next press conference of NASA werepresents data from the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), confirming the presence of water molecules on the sunlit surface of the Moon, turned towards the Earth.
The discovery indicates that there is no water on the moononly in the darkened, cold area, as previously suggested. SOFIA has identified water molecules in Clavius Crater, one of the largest visible from Earth and located in the Moon's southern hemisphere.
Data obtained from SOFIA indicates thatthe concentration of water molecules is between 100 and 412 ppm, which is roughly the equivalent of a 12-ounce (354 ml) water bottle per cubic meter of soil on the moon's surface.
NASA comments indicate that it is not knownwhether it will be possible in the future to use the discovered water for extraction as a resource. However, in the Artemis program for the return of people to the moon, it is the study of water that will become one of the main tasks.