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Position: Home > issue > November 28, 2021 Volume 2, Issue 4
Chang¡¯E-5 reveals the Moon's secrets to a longer life
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Author: Ross N. Mitchell

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Age and location of Chang¡¯E-5

The Moon is not only important because it enchants us in the night sky. The Earth-Moon system is critical for Earth's surface environment and even life, with lunar gravity controlling Earth's tides and rate of rotation. The origin of the Moon, from either a giant impact or a shrinking hot debris disk, remains debated and carries implications for either early Earth or even Earth's origin, respectively. The Apollo and Luna missions provided abundant samples informing the earliest lunar history, namely the evolution of the ¡°lunar magma ocean,¡± where less dense plagioclase crystallized and floated up to the surface, lending most of the lunar surface its white appearance from this anorthositic crust, but the dark patches on the Moon¡ªits ¡°mare¡± basalts, named for the large ¡°sea¡± of volcanic plains¡ªrecord the rest of lunar history.


DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.xinn.2021.100177

Citation:
Mitchell R. (2021). Chang'E-5 reveals the Moon's secrets to a longer life. The Innovation. 2(4),100177.





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