Scientists in China analysed rock samples from the Apollo and Chang’e lunar missions to better understand when the moon cooled and hardened. Photo: Handout
Scientists in China analysed rock samples from the Apollo and Chang’e lunar missions to better understand when the moon cooled and hardened. Photo: Handout
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Why did lava flow on ‘cold and dead’ moon? Chinese scientists find clues

  • Volcanic eruptions may explain lava rocks retrieved during China’s Chang’e 5 lunar mission
  • The samples date back 2 billion years – long after the moon is thought to have cooled and hardened

Scientists in China analysed rock samples from the Apollo and Chang’e lunar missions to better understand when the moon cooled and hardened. Photo: Handout
Scientists in China analysed rock samples from the Apollo and Chang’e lunar missions to better understand when the moon cooled and hardened. Photo: Handout
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