Ice Confirmed On Moon’s Polar Regions

The harsh, rough looking companion of earth, Luna; though widely known as the moon has been sailing around us for millions of years; had no chance of containing even a single drop of water is now confirmed that has watery ice on its north and south poles.

Most of the ice is found near and at the shadows of craters near the poles, in the darkest and coldest part of the Polar Regions. It was observed directly by a team of scientists and they also have the definitive evidence of watery ice. The ice is concentrated at lunar craters at southern poles but avidly and thinly spread on the northern poles.

So, it means that now we can go to the moon and colonize the satellite. But, oh no! The sunlight reaches the parts once in a blue moon. The small tilt of the rotation axis of the moon prevents sunlight reaching those regions. This is why the warmest temperature is minus 250 degrees Fahrenheit and never reaches above it.

Moon’s temperature is about 100 degrees Celsius in the daytime which is the best condition for the survival of surface ice, not much human-friendly. A research team led by Shuai Li from University of Hawaii and Brown University along with Richard Elphic from Ames Research Centre of NASA identified three precise signatures proving there’s ice on Luna using Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3).

Though the news gave people hope for two sweet seconds that now finally we, humans would be able to colonize earth’s partner; but the scientists and researchers are saying that it requires a lot of work to make Luna habitable.

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