Has the Mystery of How the Moon Formed Been
Solved? Analysis of Apollo Rocks Finds Telltale Signs of Massive
Impact When a Body the Size of Mars Hit Earth
claim to have found fresh physical evidence the Moon was created
when a body the size of Mars smashed into the early Earth in a cataclysmic
lunar rocks brought back by the Apollo missions shows they have
heavier forms of zinc a telltale sign of the impact billions of
Moon there may have been no life on Earth because it once orbited
much closer to us than it does now causing massive tides to ebb
and flow every few hours.
caused dramatic fluctuations in salinity around coastlines which
are believed to have driven the evolution of primitive DNA-like
Dr Frederic Moynier says the zinc enrichment probably arose because
heavier atoms condensed out of the cloud of vaporized rock quicker
than lighter onces.
analysed 20 samples of Moon rocks including ones from the Apollo
11, 12, 15 and 17 missions all of which went to different locations and one lunar meteorite.
of Washington University in St Louis, said: 'What we wanted were
the basalts because theyre the ones that came from inside
the Moon and would be more representative of the Moons composition.'
have been looking for this kind of sorting by mass called
isotopic fractionation since the Apollo missions first brought
Moon rocks to Earth in the 1970s.
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