Nasa has revealed conclusive evidence of water in sunlit regions of Moon’s surface.
Previous detections of water were in permanently shadowed parts of lunar craters.
The discovery was made from airborne infrared telescope known as Sofia.
This observatory flies above much of Earth’s atmosphere, giving a largely unobstructed view of Solar System.
Using the telescope, researchers picked up “signature” colour of water molecules.
They think it is stored in bubbles of lunar glass or between grains on the surface that protect it from harsh environments.
The discovery was made in Clavius Crater in the Moon’s southern hemisphere.
Clavius is the largest crater visible from Earth.
The amount of water is roughly equivalent to a 12-ounce bottle of water in a cubic metre of lunar soil.
The new discovery suggests water is more abundantly available on Moon than previously thought.
The finding assumes significance as it increases chances of sustaining humans on Moon in future.