"We Found Water On The Moon!"; "No, WE Found Water On The Moon!"

3 Nov 2020 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
WASHINGTON DC, United States

US government space agency NASA has confirmed, for the first time, the presence of water on the sunlit surface of the moon. However Russian-state media Sputnik claims that the USSR space agency prevoiusly discovered water on the moon in the 1970s.

Sputnik states that "if NASA scientists had read a bit more work from their Soviet colleagues, they might have realized that the Soviet Union's Luna 24 probe made this discovery in 1976."

The USSR published a paper in 1978, in the journal of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, claiming that scientists had found trace evidence of water. But Sputnik claims the research was largely ignored in the Western World because of the ongoing Cold War.

NASA said that its discovery indicates that water may be distributed across the lunar surface, and not limited to cold, shadowed places. The space agency claimed it could help NASA establish a lunar base by tapping into the moon's natural resources.

“We had indications that H2O – the familiar water we know – might be present on the sunlit side of the Moon,” said Paul Hertz, director of the Astrophysics Division in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA.

“Now we know it is there. This discovery challenges our understanding of the lunar surface and raises intriguing questions about resources relevant for deep space exploration.”

NASA is planning follow-up flights to look for water in additional sunlit locations and during different lunar phases, to learn more about how the water is produced, stored, and moved across the moon.