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Interior of the Moon
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Author and Affiliation:
Weber, Renee C.(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, United States)
Abstract: A variety of geophysical measurements made from Earth, from spacecraft in orbit around the Moon, and by astronauts on the lunar surface allow us to probe beyond the lunar surface to learn about its interior. Similarly to the Earth, the Moon is thought to consist of a distinct crust, mantle, and core. The crust is globally asymmetric in thickness, the mantle is largely homogeneous, and the core is probably layered, with evidence for molten material. This chapter will review a range of methods used to infer the Moon's internal structure, and briefly discuss the implications for the Moon's formation and evolution.
Publication Date: Jan 01, 2013
Document ID:
20130013896
(Acquired Jul 16, 2013)
Subject Category: LUNAR AND PLANETARY SCIENCE AND EXPLORATION
Report/Patent Number: M13-2526
Document Type: Book Chapter
Financial Sponsor: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; Huntsville, AL, United States
Organization Source: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; Huntsville, AL, United States
Description: 36p; In English; Original contains color and black and white illustrations
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: No Copyright
NASA Terms: LUNAR CORE; MOON; LUNAR SURFACE; GEOPHYSICS; LUNAR GEOLOGY; SPACECRAFT ORBITS; CRUSTS
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