NASA Says First Person On Mars Likely a Woman

Up until the last decade, scientists thought the Moon was arid, with any water existing mainly as pockets of ice in permanently shaded craters near the poles.

The Lyman Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP) measurements helped the scientists see the changes in the lunar hydration.

The proposal also allots $363 million to purchase commercial flights for cargo to the moon even sooner, a new addition to NASA's budget. This water is more common at higher latitudes and tends to hop around as the surface heats up.

Water molecules remain tightly bound to the regolith until surface temperatures peak near lunar noon. They would go from one place to another, searching for the next cold spot that would allow them to stick to the Moon's weak atmosphere.

A study on the moisture of the moon to be published in Geophysical Research Letters paints a vivid picture of the life water molecules on the surface.

'Lunar water can potentially be used by humans to make fuel or to use for radiation shielding or thermal management; if these materials do not need to be launched from Earth, that makes these future missions more affordable'.

In Bridenstine's published statement today, he summarizes: "Beginning with a series of small commercial delivery missions to the Moon as early as this year, we will use new landers, robots and eventually humans by 2028 to conduct science across the entire lunar surface".

University of Arizona: A team led by Jessica Barnes will research how curation affects the amount of hydrogen-bearing minerals in lunar soil, helping to understand how water is locked in minerals on the Moon.

Speaking of more space explorations, they may not be far off as Elon Musk's Crew Dragon just made access to space more possible for humans.

Anne McCain and Christina Koch will jet off to the International Space Station (ISS) in two days. If all goes well in the succeeding tests, Musk could be sending more people in space in the near future.

Jim Bridenstine - appointed by US President Donald Trump previous year - did not confirm a specific astronaut, but said that women are at forefront of the agency's plans. We have the first all-female spacewalk happening this month at the end of March, which is of course, National Women's month. Pictured: The moon during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 Second Leg match between FC Internazionale and SK Rapid Wien at San Siro on February 21, 2019 in Milan, Italy.

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