the Moon was alive until very recently

the Moon was alive until very recently
the Moon was alive until very recently

The last pieces of Luna that we brought home were those of the Apollo missions at the beginning of the seventies from that moment we have not made any more “collections” until the Chinese mission Chang’e-5 which recently brought some rocks to Earth. basalt.

What emerged from the study of these materials greatly surprised the scientists who reported their findings in the journal Science.

However, there is a premise to be made regarding lunar volcanic activities. They date back at least 4 billion years ago. Eruptions and lava have transformed the face of our satellite forming it as we know it now.

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For example, Oceanus Procellarum is a vast lunar sea formed by solidified magma and it is precisely the place where the Chinese Chang’e-5 mission landed.

The surprising news is that the basalt collected on the voyage tells of an eruption that occurred about 2 billion years ago, much later than we could have suspected. So it is likely that there was a heat source of some kind to justify such late volcanic activity.

“To say that these are ‘young’ rocks is relative. All the volcanic rocks collected with the Apollo missions were more than 3 billion years old, while all the impact craters, whose age was determined, are less than 1 billion. billion years. So the Chinese mission samples fill an important space not only for studying the Moon, but also the other rocky planets of the Solar System, “explains Brad Jolliff, co-author of the study.

The next results will perhaps tell us a piece of history of our satellite that we did not yet know.

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