(ORDO NEWS) — Puddles of frozen water were first seen in temperate latitudes a decade ago. They were in deep, dark and cold craters. Surprisingly, water is also available in relatively warm spots, from where, according to experts, it should evaporate.
Water is somehow there where it was not expected to be seen at all. The liquid was captured by the SOFIA stratospheric observatory, which is installed aboard a Boeing 747SP aircraft. Flights at an altitude of 15 kilometers allow us to explore in detail the surface of our natural satellite.
As shown by new images, the water is in the Clavius crater, which is located in the southern hemisphere. The liquid fills a space of 40 thousand square meters. km. Its concentration is about 412 parts per million, which is not so much: in the Sahara, for example, it is a hundred times more.
Scientists cannot tell how the water ended up in temperate latitudes. There is some source, as well as a force that holds the fluid. NASA experts believe that water can be distributed over the entire surface of our natural satellite, and not just in certain corners.
Scientists do not intend to stop in their research: they want to get to the bottom of the truth. The main goal is to find out not only where the stocks come from, but also how many there are.
The fact that the Moon is not dry at all was discovered by Soviet scientists: water was present in the lunar rock samples in a bound form. Experts point out that if you squeeze all the water out of the moon, then it forms a layer one meter thick. It is important to note that the liquid on the moon is in a frozen state, that is, it is similar to that of the earth. NASA researchers in 2009 proved that there is much more real water on the satellite than many scientists thought.
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