Lunar probe confirms no water on the moon
The latest data collected by China’s first lunar probe Chang’e-3 has confirmed that there is no water on the moon, China Central Television reported.
Chang’e-3’s optical telescope has discovered that no water exists in an ancient lunar “sea” known as Mare Imbrium (“the Sea of Rains”).
When Apollo astronauts walked the lunar surface in 1969 and brought back rock samples, they found none of the waterbearing minerals common on Earth.
Several developments had reinvigorated the discussion. In particular, new analyses of volcanic gasses in the samples had inferred the presence of water in the moon’s interior.
China’s lunar probe Chang’e-3 — named after the goddess of the moon in Chinese mythology — with the country’s first moon rover onboard, successfully landed on the moon on December 14, 2013, marking the first time that China has sent a spacecraft to soft-land on the surface of an extraterrestrial body.
China will continue its rapid ascent in space science in the next couple of years. The country is planning to send another probe to the moon — the Chang’e-5 robotic lunar sample return mission. It is due to be launched next year.