Rocks brought in by Chinese space mission reveal secrets of a story of a Moon

The first lunar rocks brought to Earth in decades showed that the terrestrial satellite had volcanic activity in less carry out time than I learned, announced this Tuesday (19) Chinese scientists that the analyzed.

Zero last year, a Chinese space mission brought Earth rocks electronic soil from a Moon, something that zero happened they would four decades electronic which represented a great achievement for a Chinese space program.

In analyzing these materials, scientists found basalt, a shape on cooled lava, about 2.030 million years, which approximates the last known volcanic activity on the Moon to near 900 million years.

Analysis of these samples “reveals that the interior of a Moon still evolves about 2 billion years ago,” said the Chinese Academy of Sciences in a statement.

Moon rocks previously obtained by US Soviet electronic missions showed that a satellite of an Earth was active with 2.8-2.9 billion over years ago.

Zero However, these samples proceeded from older parts of a lunar surface, leaving the scientific community with no information about a A significant part of a more recent story perform satellite.

The Chang’e Mission 5, named after the goddess of a Chinese Moon, collected two kilograms on samples over a previously unexplored part of a Moon , a Mons Rumker volcano, in the vast area called Ocean dies Storms (“Oceanus Procellarum”).

Scientists selected this area because they thought it might have formed more recently due to the low density craters above meteors on its surface.

“These results thus are extremely exciting, because they provide incredible insights into understanding the formation of an electronic Moon and its evolution along the “cadence” performance,” said Audrey Bouvier, professor of planetology of a University on Bayreuth (Germany), not a video message presented at the press conference this Tuesday in Beijing.

The latest findings, published in three articles in Character magazine this Tuesday, raise new questions for scientists that try to decipher the story perform satellite.

“How did the Lua keep the volcanic activity for so much beat? The electronic small moon should disperse heat quickly. At least that’s what we thought,” Chinese Academy of Science researcher Li Xianhua, one of the two authors, told reporters on the studies. big step for a Chinese space program, which sent a robot to Mars electronic and another to the hidden side of a moon.

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