New Lunar Science
Now scientists, using data from old seismometers left on the Moon way back when during the Apollo missions, have learned some new and very interesting things about the structure of the Moon’s core. Scientists applied new techniques to the old data…techniques that have been used to study Earth’s core. The new discoveries were hidden in data made fuzzy by the fractured nature of the Moon’s crust.
Makes me wonder how much more could be learned from newer and smarter equipment. Given the importance of the Earth’s magnetic field to life on this planet, and the fact that the Moon used to have a strong magnetic field…and now doesn’t, I think that the study of the process by which the Moon lost its magnetic field is important.
You folks who keep saying, “We’ve already been there, we don’t need to go again” now have some more things to think about.
- Sensors Left by Apollo Astronauts Reveal New Moon Insights (cbsnews.com)
- The Hunt For The Lunar Core (timehuman.blogspot.com)
- Details of the Moon’s Core Revealed by 30-year-old Data (space.com)
- The hunt for the lunar core: Deep interior of moon resembles Earth’s core (physorg.com)
- The hunt for the lunar core (eurekalert.org)
- New look at Apollo data provides precise readings on the Moon’s core [Moon] (io9.com)
- At Long Last, Moon’s Core ‘Seen’ (news.sciencemag.org)
- No Green Cheese but Probe Maps Moon in Unprecedented Detail (cbsnews.com)