Image credit: Chinese Lunar Exploration Program (CLEP)/ China National Space Administration (CNSA)
A Chinese rover recently discovered a new kind of rock on the Moon.
According to a story in the New Scientist, the discovery may mean that the Moon has a more diverse landscape than originally expected. The rover, China’s Chang’e 3 lander, reached the lunar surface in December of 2013 and landed on Mare Imbrium, a large area on the Moon’s northern hemisphere. According to the article, the area may have formed about 3 billion ears ago when lava flooded a giant crater.
A representative from Shandong University in Weihai, China analyzed the data collected from the rover and found that the basalt had concentrations of minerals including iron oxide, calcium oxide and titanium dioxide that are different from samples collected in the 1970s.
Research on the Moon continues as the rover is still gathering data.
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