Molecular water detected on the sunlit Moon by SOFIA

  title={Molecular water detected on the sunlit Moon by SOFIA},
  author={Casey I. Honniball and Paul G. Lucey and S. Li and Sachindev S. Shenoy and Thomas M. Orlando and Charles A. Hibbitts and Dana M. Hurley and William M. Farrell},
  journal={Nature Astronomy},

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