CHINESE LUNAR ROVER PROVED THE DIVERSITY OF THE CHEMICAL COMPOSITION OF ROCKS ON MOON

Dec

27

2015

CHINESE LUNAR ROVER PROVED THE DIVERSITY OF THE CHEMICAL COMPOSITION OF ROCKS ON THE MOON
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Scientists have now completed the data transmitted Lunokhod Yuytu in 2014. It turned out that the study of the “Jade Hare” stones can tell a lot about the youth of our natural satellite, when it took place everywhere on the volcanic eruption.

The probe Chang’e-3 prilunilsya at a relatively young surface of the moon, which gave the opportunity to study samples of lunar rover, aged just three billion years. For example, the samples brought back by astronauts missions “Apollo”, was more than 4 billion years.

Since the stones in the landing zone of the probe has not been mixed with garbage, rover was able to collect pure samples and thus identify the composition of volcanic bedrock beneath the surface of the moon. Different groups of researchers have determined that it is quite rich in titanium dioxide, and the mineral olivine. This proves that moonstones not all the same, and the differences among them are much larger than we previously thought, because the samples are brought by “Apollo”, took a completely different composition.

Professor of the University of Washington Dzhollif Bradley, who helped analyze the data transferred Yuytu believes these results are very important:

“This diversity is telling us that the upper mantle of the Moon is much less uniform in composition than Earth’s mantle. And the age of the samples correlated with their chemical composition, we can see how the lunar volcanism changed with time. ”

Given that scientists now believe that the Moon came from a part of the earth after its collision with a celestial body the size of Mars, the new information may also shed light on the past of the Earth.

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