Search for Far-Side Deep MoonquakesA truly unexpected finding of the Apollo missions, 1969-1972, was a discovery of deep moonquakes. Analysis of the data from the seismic network, which operated for eight years from 1969 through 1977, identified more than 100 discrete source regions at depths approximately half way to the center of the moon. Their distribution, however, was not uniform, as all but one of the source regions found were on the front hemisphere of the moon. Thus, a question remains whether the observed one-sided distribution of deep moonquake sources represents their true distribution or instead occurs because all seismic stations are on the near side of the moon. If it is the former, it means that the interior of the moon is truly asymmetric, structurally and dynamically; if it is the latter, it means that we simply did not identify most moonquakes on the far side and that their identification will be a great help in investigating the deep interior of the moon, including existence of a possible metallic core.
Nakamura, Y. (Texas Univ. Austin, TX, United States)