According to the latest data from NASA’s orbiting orbiter, the metal content of the moon crater is slightly higher. The ongoing study looked at craters in different parts of the moon to see if they were consistent with the moon’s overall trend. Through further research, it may help to reveal the relationship between the earth and moon, and support its formation theory of new clues.
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When you look at the dusty gray-white moon surface, it may be hard to know exactly what you’re looking at. By contrast, the earth’s soil, sand and rocks are colorful.
But the latest data from NASA’s Orbiting Reconnaissance Vehicle (LRO) show that the metal content on the moon is much higher than previously thought. LRO’s radar not only shows some interesting geographical features on the moon’s surface, but also reveals some secrets beneath the moon.
The new study, published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters, suggests that the moon has higher levels of iron and titanium than scientists realize.
The new study focuses the scan on large craters on the moon’s surface, promising to reveal the true composition of the moon’s deep ground and provide researchers with clues about its origins.
“There is a lot of evidence that the moon is the product of a collision between a Mars-sized protoplanet and a young Earth, formed by the gravitational collapse of the remaining debris cloud, so the moon’s bulkchemical composition is very similar to Earth’s,” NASA explained.
But after careful examination of the moon’s chemical composition, doubts began to hang over the researchers’ minds. On the bright plains of the moon’s surface, for example, the rocks in this area contain less metal minerals than on Earth.
However, as you go inside the crater with the Mini-RF instrument on the LRO, the reading of the metal composition begins to rise significantly. Crater properties of 3 to 12 miles (about 4.8 to 19.3 km) are more consistent, but the metal properties of smaller craters may be higher.
But once inside the moon, its metalyness appears relatively uniform, perhaps more like Earth than previously thought. It supports the theory that the moon or the young Earth collides with a larger object, such as another planet.
In this case, it is expected that there will be many Earth-like physical properties inside the moon. The follow-up team plans to continue scanning craters in different regions to see how similar they are and to provide additional evidence to support or eliminate one or more lunar formation theories.