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We Found Water On the Moon, but Don't Forget About the Earth

Sean McDermott

Posted on October 28, 2020 23:07

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NASA's announcement that we found water on the Moon is a celebrated accomplishment while many communities on Earth struggle to provide safe drinking water for their residents.

NASA announced Monday that they have discovered small amounts of water on the sun-lit portion of the Moon's lunar surface. The exciting discovery could shed new insight about the lunar surface. Newer knowledge may emerge about how to generate water in harsh, dry terrain, and this could be important for scheduled space trips like the moon in 2024 and Mars even later. But for many who yearn for discoveries in space as much as they yearn for the preservation of the air, water, and land on Earth, there may be a looming question in the back of their minds amidst the release of this great discovery:

What about our water here on Earth? 

For those who are unaware, Netflix recently released a documentary headed by actor Matt Damon called Brave Blue World. The film highlights a major crisis affecting nearly 1 in 4 human beings across the planet that many more could be even less aware of, and that crisis is a lack of clean drinking water. For those who live in developed nations like the United States, a common fallacy is that third-world nations are the only ones unfortunate enough to cope with clean water shortages.

Reliance on things like water treatment facilities and irrigation channels to bring safe, drinkable water to people is taken for granted so often that the possibility of a calamity, like water becoming infected with things like Legionnaires' disease, are a faint worry. The truth is, populations are overbearingly growing, and systems are failing to the point of poisoning citizens. In 2014, in the densely populated Flint, Michigan, 12 of 87 sickened individuals were killed by tainted water. Just this past January, Newark, New Jersey saw excessive lead levels in the tap water of 200,000 residents.

Do we abandon our desire to find new discoveries in space? No, but our settlements on Earth must be kept our top priorities. Brave Blue World details that there have been developments in filtration technology bringing drinkable water to all communities in need of clean, drinking water. Creations such as "The Water Box" can filter and create 10 gallons of clean, drinkable water every 60 seconds and is a special example of ways to efficiently deliver the most clean water possible in the shortest amount of time. In Denmark, scientists have discovered a natural way to filter water utilizing a protein found in all human cells called aquaporin. With aquaporin, a single gram could filter 700 liters of water and turn it into sanitary and safe drinking water. Technologies like these are giving hope that Earth's water will be our main focus as we plan for future space travels. 

It is monumental to discover existing water on terrestrial lands outside of the Earth. Nevertheless, we haven't found anything habitable like the Earth; however extraordinary developments in the filtration of drinking water do benefit a particular group of people. 

Astronauts will need clean water en-route to finding it in space. 

Sean McDermott

Posted on October 28, 2020 23:07

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Source: ScienceDaily

Earth has a large amount of water and a relatively large moon, which stabilizes Earth's axis. Both are essential for life...

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