Should we trust China? China confirms presence of water on moon!
While studying the rocks gathered by the Chang’e 5 lunar lander, Chinese scientists made the discovery, confirming the presence of water in them. There has been a report published in the Nature communications this week where the scientist have shared their discovery.
In December 2020, Lunar lander had made it’s landing on the moon when it gathered 1.7kg of regolith which is a mixture of lunar soil and rocks. While taking the measurement for the chemical composition of the material discovered, the craft appears to utilize it’s on-board tools with an aim to draw a conclusion. The collected data enables the researchers to discover the water molecules in different parts, i.e. around 120 per million on some of the rocks and 180 parts per million in the others.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences in their fresh development confirms the presence of water on moon in the samples that were brought back to earth from moon. The interesting part is that the soil studied by the experts turned out to be dry, analyzing it through the lunar standards, showcasing 28.5 parts per million water levels.
It has also been discovered that the mineral apatite present among the samples boasted a water content of 179ppm.
It is appropriate to mention that the telescopic observations made in the past led the experts to suspect water presence in the moon rocks in H20 form.