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Japanese probe yields insights into Moon's inner life

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posted on Jul, 4 2010 @ 05:36 PM
Japanese astronomers have today reviled that they have found traces of the mineral olivine which gives clues to the Moons creation .

Using a instrument-laden probe, Kaguya, which was placed in orbit around the Moon in 2007, the team found abundant signatures of the mineral in concentric rings in three big crater regions.

A leading theory is that the Moon was created about 4.5 billion years ago after the "Big Whack" -- it was ripped from Earth after our planet suffered a gigantic collision from some space object. As the material coalesced into a ball, its surface gradually cooled, forming a crust made of a light-coloured aluminous mineral, feldspar, which floated in a dense, molten liquid. Kaguya's data add a chapter to this "lunar magma ocean" hypothesis.

I have never been a fan of this theory but maybe this discovery could prove it to be true .

[edit on 4-7-2010 by gortex]

posted on Jul, 4 2010 @ 07:34 PM
Put this theory right up there with the world is flat...

(Yet) Another "Look over here"stall tactic.

The Moon was TOWED here from another galaxy, long long ago....

Shut up science - you're wrong.

And the Sun isn't what we think it is either. We are told so little about the TRUTH.

Shut up and die BS "news".

posted on Jul, 5 2010 @ 08:25 AM
reply to post by watchZEITGEISTnow

Towed here
Another Galaxy

Why ? So come on then lets hear the reason

Must admit this place gives me a few great
EVERY day with daft theories people come up with!

[edit on 5-7-2010 by wmd_2008]

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