What drove the lunar dynamo? Moon's molten core was likely sustained by alternative power source
New evidence from an ancient lunar rock suggests that the moon once harbored a long-lived dynamo a molten, convecting core of liquid metal that generated a strong magnetic field 3.7 billion years ago. ...
Ancient lunar dynamo may explain magnetized moon rocks
The presence of magnetized rocks on the surface of the moon, which has no global magnetic field, has been a mystery since the days of the Apollo program. Now a team of scientists has proposed a novel mechanism ...
Researchers discover water on the moon is widespread, similar to Earth's
Researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, are once again turning what scientists thought they knew about the moon on its head.
Scientists Make Oxygen Out of Moon Rock
Asteroid Attack 4 Billion Years Ago May Have Accelerated Life on Earth
(PhysOrg.com) -- The bombardment of Earth nearly 4 billion years ago by asteroids as large as Kansas would not have had the firepower to extinguish potential early life on the planet and may even have given ...
Ancient rock's magnetic field shows that moon once had a dynamo in its core
(PhysOrg.com) -- The collection of rocks that the Apollo astronauts brought back from the moon carried with it a riddle that has puzzled scientists since the early 1970s: What produced the magnetization found ...
Melvin Calvin's moon dust rediscovered at Berkeley Lab
(Phys.org) —When Apollo 11 returned from its historic flight in 1969, the moon rocks and lunar soil collected by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin eventually found their way to some 150 laboratories worldwide. ...
Los Alamos science sleuth on the trail of a Martian mystery
(Phys.org) —When it comes to examining the surface of rocks on Mars with a high-powered laser, five is a magic number for Los Alamos National Laboratory postdoctoral researcher Nina Lanza.
Curiosity Mars rover sees trend in water presence
(Phys.org) —NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has seen evidence of water-bearing minerals in rocks near where it had already found clay minerals inside a drilled rock.
Lunar impacts created seas of molten rock, research shows
Early in the Moon's history an ocean of molten rock covered its entire surface. As that lunar magma ocean cooled over millions of years, it differentiated to form the Moon's crust and mantle. But according ...
Researchers use 3-D printer to make parts from moon rock
Imagine landing on the moon or Mars, putting rocks through a 3-D printer and making something useful – like a needed wrench or replacement part.
Curtin geologists make a 'shocking' discovery
Research led by Curtin University geologists has uncovered a wealth of new evidence in the mineral zircon from lunar rock samples recovered during NASAs Apollo missions, revealing indisputable proof ...
Twin probes to circle moon to study gravity field
The moon has come a long way since Galileo first peered at it through a telescope. Unmanned probes have circled around it and landed on its surface. Twelve American astronauts have walked on it. And lunar ...
The Misplaced Stuff: NASA loses moon, space rocks
Astronauts may have had the `right stuff' to go to the moon, but when it comes to keeping track of what they brought back, NASA seems to have misplaced some of that stuff.