Massive reservoirs of water may be present on Moon: Study

Massive reservoirs of water may be present on Moon: Study

According to a new study, there could be massive reservoirs of water under the surface of Moon and that could make colonizing of Earth’s only natural satellite for future space exploration easier.

Using data from the Moon Mapping Mission, a team of scientists from the Technical University of Dortmund in Germany searched clues of presence of water in the spectrum of light reflected from the Moon’s surface. They got an idea about which minerals are present under the surface of the Moon’s surface by examining which wavelengths of light are reflected or absorbed by the surface.

Professor Christian Wöhler, who led the study, said, “Possible sources are, amongst others, hydrated minerals or a reservoir at large depth.”

A few months back, renowned Prof. Stephen Hawking said humans would likely have a station on the Moon within next three decades, and that station would be a useful stopping off point to explore other planets.

However, one of the biggest hurdles for a human settlement on the moon is the difficulty in transporting massive quantities of water from Earth.

Findings of the new study were detailed in the most recent edition of the journal Science Advances.