The Moon Is Awash In Water

The Moon Is Awash In Water

Two new studies indocate that there are “cold traps” on the moon full of water. NASA spied on Luna from a high-flying jet named SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) and found the unique signature of water all over the place on sunlit portions of the moon. A secord study finds that frozen water could be hiding in lunar shadows on 15,444 square miles of the moon’s real estate. Astronauts are probably planning lakeside chateaus as you read this.


“Water on the moon is more common than we thought, studies reveal,” Chelsea Gohd,

“How We Discovered Water on the Moon,” David W. Brown, The New Yorker

“Moon holds more water in more places than ever thought,” Marcia Dunn, Associated Press

“Water on the Moon could sustain a lunar base,” Victoria Gill, BBC News



Image by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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