NASA Selects Nokia to Build First Mobile Network on the Moon

Nosa chooses Nokia to build first mobile network on the moon

Their flights found that each kilogram of lunar soil along two narrow swaths of the Moon's surface contains between 100 milligrams and 400 milligrams of water, or about one raindrop's worth, the team reports today in Nature Astronomy. The announcement will be made from the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) at a media teleconference at 12 pm (EDT) which is 9.30 pm (IST).

BTW, if you're wondering why we haven't been back to the moon more regularly - the last time we set foot there was in '72, during the Apollo missions - the space agency has chalked it up to politics, support and funding, or a lack thereof.

What do we know about the announcement?

Scientists had previously thought that the moon's sunlit side would be unable to hold water, but it would seem that is false, and there is even some water in areas that are exposed to sunlight.

A second study looked at how this water may remain trapped at the surface. Observations prior to this found a form of hydrogen, but specifics between water and a chemical relative, hydroxyl, were not able to be distinguished.

The authors suggest that approximately 40,000 square km of the lunar surface has the capacity to trap water.

The most common hidden pockets of water across the lunar surface could be trapped in tiny penny-size ice patches that live in permanent shadows, the researchers discovered.


However, the main advantage of SOFIA for astronomers is that it can fly through the shadows of planets and moons in the solar system when they occult stars.

Follow-up studies for SOFIA and the Moon include looking at other sunlit locations during various lunar phases.

After assessing the potential size of the traps, ranging from centimeters to kilometers, the researchers determined that permanently shadowed areas at both of the moon's polar regions could contain a multitude of these "micro" cold traps. Having ready supplies of water on the lunar surface would be a boon for colonists there, because it is so expensive to transport from Earth. The space agency said it was paying the company.1 14.1 million to build the mobile network. Using in-situ resources, including water, could make all of that possible much quicker and without requiring much more complicated workarounds, since it forms the basis for not only human survival, but also essential resources for additional missions from the Moon including rocket fuel for launches.

NASA will send the first woman to the Moon in 2024, along with the next man, through their Artemis program.

NASA also stated that understanding the science of the moon also helps summarize the broader history of the inner solar system.

Jessie Wade is Homepage Editor at IGN and is fascinated with the Moon, black holes + anything in this floating world we call space.

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