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Massive Metal 'Anomaly' Detected 180 Miles Beneath The Surface Of The Moon


Added 06-12-19 06:16:02am EST - “The metal mass is five times bigger than the Big Island of Hawaii.” - Huffpost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Huffpost.com: “Massive Metal 'Anomaly' Detected 180 Miles Beneath The Surface Of The Moon”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Scientists say they’ve detected a huge metal mass “firmly embedded” beneath a crater on the moon, possibly the remnants of a massive asteroid strike billions of years ago.

According to a study published in April in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, the mass is located about 180 miles underneath the surface of the 1,240-mile-long South Pole-Aitken basin on the far side of the moon, the largest known preserved crater in the solar system.

“Imagine taking a pile of metal five times larger than the Big Island of Hawaii and burying it underground,” lead author Peter B. James, founder of Baylor University’s Planetary Research Group, said in a news release. “That’s roughly how much unexpected mass we detected.”

The metals were discovered using data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. 

One is that “the asteroid that formed this crater is still embedded in the Moon’s mantle” rather than sinking into its core after an impact some 4 billion years ago, James said. 

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