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Thread: New Evidence for Moon's Origin from Apollo samples

  1. #1
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    New Evidence for Moon's Origin from Apollo samples

    From Laboratory Equipment's on-line magazine
    A team of NASA-funded researchers has measured for the first time water from the moon in the form of tiny globules of molten rock, which have turned to glass-like material trapped within crystals. Data from these newly-discovered lunar melt inclusions indicate the water content of lunar magma is 100 times higher than previous studies suggested.

    The inclusions were found in lunar sample 74220, the famous high-titanium "orange glass soil" of volcanic origin collected during the Apollo 17 mission in 1972. The scientific team used a state-of-the-art ion microprobe instrument to measure the water content of the inclusions, which were formed during explosive eruptions on the moon approximately 3.7 billion years ago.

    The results raise questions about aspects of the "giant impact theory" of how the moon was created. That theory predicted very low water content of lunar rock due to catastrophic degassing during the collision of Earth with a Mars-sized body very early in its history.
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    Probablly just means they are wrong about the water content and not the impact theory.

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    While early post-whack Earth was being bombarded with water-filled comets, so was the Moon, right?
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    Aug 2003
    I wasn't around back then, but that sounds reasonable.

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