NASA announced Monday it has found the best evidence yet of water on the Moon. In the journal Nature Astronomy, NASA scientists report the discovery of both molecular water and abundant icy water traps across the lunar surface
To get around this, NASA hopes to mine water from the lunar surface and store it for use on future missions. This would also make establishing a manned lunar base, part of the plan for NASA's upcoming Artemis Mission, much more feasible.
The new research builds on studies published in 2018, which identified frozen water on the Moon’s north and south poles. But accessing that water could mean braving temperatures as cold as -250 Fahrenheit.
“It definitely expands the possibilities,” Paul Hayne, a researcher at the University of Colorado, and lead author of one of the new studies, said. “What this discovery does is also expand the real estate on the lunar surface where a base could be viable.”