Man in the Moon Mystery Solved by GRAIL Mission: Volcano Behind It, Not Asteroid

October 2, 2014 2:04 PM

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NASA’s GRAIL (Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory) mission has spilled some more secret. The new data suggests that a volcanic plume, and not a striking asteroid, caused the 2,900km-wide section of Procellarum region on the near side of the moon. The Procellarum region is a broad region of low topography enclosed in dark mare basalt.

According to the latest research, published in the journal Nature, the Ocean of Storms- a giant basin often referred to as the “man in the moon” has most probably arisen from magma deep within the interior of the moon.

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