The Chandrayaan-2 satellite of the Indian Space Research Organization, has detected the presence of water molecules on the moon.
Information from a research paper co-authored by former ISRO chairman A S Kirankumar said that imaging infrared spectrometre (IIRS) is one of the payloads on-board Chandrayaan-2, which is placed to acquire scientific data.
Analysing the data from IIRS clearly proves the presence and detection of OH and H2O signatures on the lunar surface between 29N and 62N latitude.
The report also said Plagioclase-rich rocks have been found to have higher OH (hydroxyl) or possibly H2O (water) molecules and so the presence of these rocks are significant. Though detailed research will take place in order to prove all the facts.
Initially planned to land on the South Pole of the moon, Chandrayaan-2 was launched on 22 July, but it hard-landed on 7 September, putting a speed break of India's dream to become the first nation to successfully land on the lunar surface in its first attempt. The orbiter of the mission is working fine and has been sending data to Chandrayaan-1, the first lunar mission.