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Is the water that was discovered on the Moon drinkable, scientists show

Is the water that was discovered on the Moon drinkable, scientists show

On Monday, NASA scientists announced that they had discovered molecular water on the Moon, trapped in ice across the lunar surface. From the data, they estimate that there is about 40,000 square miles of water on the Moon.

Too much water means huge implications for ambitions to create a stable human presence on the Moon. So can we actually drink it?

Short answer: Yes, we can, explains Shuai Li, a research assistant at the Institute of Geophysics and Planetology at the University of Hawaii.

At least, in theory we can

"It's water ice, the same as water ice on Earth," Li told Inverse.

John Priscu, a professor at the University of Montana who studies the biochemistry of icy environments, agrees with Shuan Li.

"The ending, if handled properly, should be drinkable," he tells Inverse.

But first, scientists need to know more about what else can spin inside this water.

What is in the water of the Moon?

Water on Earth is not always clean.

Seawater, for example, contains about 96.5 percent water, 2.5 percent salts and then small amounts of organic matter, and other undesirable additives such as microplastics, or atmospheric gases.

Likewise, the water of the Moon is probably not pure. Li says he's probably mixed up with something else.

Water present in larger craters may also be exposed to basaltic materials, Li says. These are found at the bottom of craters formed by large meteor impacts, which would have melted the rock in those areas.

But if we were to clean it, it would probably taste fresh.