(WASHINGTON) -- Water has been discovered at the bottom of a crater near the Moon’s south pole, according to NASA officials.
The discovery was made after a rocket crashed -- by design -- into a 60-mile-wide, two-mile-deep crater named Cabeus, uncovering an area wetter than the Sahara Desert.
“That is a very valuable resource,” said Anthony Colaprete, principal investigator of NASA’s Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite. “This is wetter than some places on Earth.”
The water, if purified, could be used by astronauts for drinking, or broken apart into hydrogen and oxygen for rocket fuel.
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