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Moon samples give new indications of volcanic activity, claims Chinese researchers

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The samples of Rock Samples from the Moon brought from the Moon by China have been in significant discussion in the last few days. However, these samples were landed on Earth by a Chinese robotic spacecraft at the end of last year. But the analysis on these has given entirely new information.

It was told that the lava from which these samples are made is only 2 billion years old. In this regard, a Chinese researcher said on Tuesday that these samples give information about the volcanic activities of the ancient Moon. This analysis can lead to a significant change in the geological timeline of the Moon.

What is new information?
Chinese researcher Li Jianhua says the analysis of the samples has revealed new information about the chemical composition of the Moon and the effect of heat on its evolution. Lee said research of the models suggests that the most recent volcanic activity on the Moon occurred as far back as 2 billion years ago. In comparison, earlier such activities are believed to have stopped between 2.8 to 3 billion years ago.

How long was the Moon hot from inside
Volcanic activities are of great importance to the Moon. They not only get information about the Moon’s interior, but they also display the inner energy and matter cycle. Lee informed reporters. Until now, scientists were also investigating other possible reasons for the lava to remain hot for so long.

Significantly, the study of samples brought to Earth by the Apollo campaign showed that they were formed from volcanic activity between 3 and 2.8 billion years old. Whereas the time of Chinese samples is being told only 2 billion years old. This means that the timing of the Moon’s geological activity cannot be determined solely based on samples.

First, China and the Soviets brought samples
Before China, in the 1970s, the Soviet Union and America had worked to bring samples of rocks from the Moon missions to Earth. After this, now China has shown this activism. But China has now intended to go even further. Now, will bring samples to the back of the Moon, taking forward the robotic campaign.

Can there be other sources of heat?
In addition to volcanic activity, many scientists emphasized the need to investigate whether the Moon could get heat from activity other than volcanoes. It may also affect radioactive activity inside it or the heat generated by tidal actions in it. Just as the gravity of the Moon affects the Earth, in the same way, the gravity of the Earth also affects the Moon.

Waiting for the next samples
Scientists are now waiting for samples from other places on the Moon to come. NASA will send two people to the Moon after three years. Apart from this, there is also a lot of hope from China’s mission to go behind it. The samples will be brought from the Aitken Basin, which is believed to have formed 4 billion years ago.

Obviously, the speed with which China is growing in space exploration has given it a special place among the top space powers. To start his own International Space Station, his astronauts are working on the station itself. One of its rovers is working on the backside of the Moon, while the Jurong rover is active on Mars.