Take 2: Senate judge confirmation, discovery on the moon

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Hannah Gonzalez

The Take 2 series features brief weekly updates on the state or nation’s relevant news for the community.

Carlee George , Staff Writer

Amy Coney Barrett Confirmation: The Senate voted on Monday for the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett in a 52-48 result. Barrett was confirmed 30 days after being nominated by President Trump. She took the constitutional oath, administered by Justice Clarence Thomas, the same day. She officially became a justice of the Supreme Court on Tuesday when Chief Justice John Roberts administered the judicial oath. 

Significance: Barrett marks the third Justice appointed to the Supreme Court under President Trump. Her confirmation makes a 6-3 split favoring conservatives. This secures a Republican foothold in the government no matter the results of the election. 

Water on the moon: NASA confirmed Monday the findings of water on the sunlit part of the moon. The molecules were found in the Clavius Crater, which is very large and can be seen from Earth. The discovery was made by the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA).

Significance: The findings support the theory that water can be found all over the moon, not just the cold, shadowed areas. Further discoveries about water will be made under the Artemis program that hopes to send the first female to the moon by 2024, and reach a steady presence there by 2030.