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Today, NASA confirmed the existence of water on the moon. Interestingly, this water was found on the sunlit side as opposed to the dark side where it was previously speculated to exist.

The amount of water is currently unknown, though some scientists indicate that there is the potential for vast stores. Similarly, the unique nature of the lunar surface may make access to the water difficult. But should access become possible, the water may provide many benefits to future lunar explorers. Thanks to water’s chemical makeup, it can be transformed into oxygen to breathe, and hydrogen for rocket fuel. This is all in addition to the regular uses which are also beneficial.

Even beyond these potential applications, the existence of the water raises many questions. Does this mean that life may exist on the moon? Could it bring nations planning to create lunar bases into conflict over the precious resource? And where did the water come from?

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