For years, it was believed that the Moon was devoid of any significant surface water. And as a result, it seemed unlikely that our planet’s sole natural satellite would be capable of supporting life. Now, however, NASA scientists have found definite evidence of water, and the discovery could have major implications for the future of space travel.
It’s safe to say that the Moon has been an object of human fascination for many thousands of years. It was only with advances in science and technology in the 20th century, though, that we were actually able to get close to the astronomical body. And even now we’re still learning new things about the Moon all the time.
It was the Soviet Union that first set its sights on the Moon in the 1950s. In 1959 the country succeeded in coming close to the interplanetary body, too, through spacecraft Luna 1. Then the Soviets went a step further, when Luna 2 became the first man-made artifact to reach the Moon later that year. And before the decade’s end, Luna 3 took the first ever photos of the far side of the Moon.