China's Chang'e 5 lunar
landing and sampling mission found water on the moon both through on-site analysis and in materials delivered to Earth
Daring Chang'e 5 mission
touched down on the moon in December 2020, drilling down for and scooping up the youngest lunar samples ever collected
An ascent vehicle blasted off
from the mission's landing site in Oceanus Procellarum and Chang'e 5's samples returned to Earth later in the month
Scientists revealed that the
lander's scan of the surface and analysis of the samples in laboratories on Earth both show the presence of water
The team assessed the
water source to be mainly indigenous to the moon, contained in a crystalline mineral called apatite.
But the results
certainly don't point to vast reservoirs on the lunar surface.