10 November 2006

Luna shows recent changes

That dead little rock spinning around our world isn’t as quiet as we thought, showing signs (in an area called Ina, at least) of relatively recent volcanic crater formation.

“There is more to the Moon than we had previously discovered,” says [Peter] Schultz [of Brown University, Rhode Island]. “This shows there’s still some life. We just have to learn how to take its pulse.”

This gives new point to future Lunar missions, & (should) teach us once more to not assume that we “know all about” old, established objects around us.

The volcanic material might prove to be an important resource for later mining or colonisation, but who knows what else this newly-realised-to-be-active active Moon will teach us alongside that?

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