- Discuss the geology on the moon. How does it differ from earth’s geology? What has been discovered to date about the geology of the moon during previous space missions? What will future missions hope to discover with regards to the geology of the moon?
The moon has distinct characteristics that provide important clues to the origin of the earth. These characteristics include its airless atmosphere. Additionally, the moon has no water. These characteristics can also be used to deduce how the earth has evolved over the years. It also has very unique rock features and surfaces that make it a distinct part of the solar system. Astronomers and geologies have used these rock features and surfaces to study the history of the solar system. This is because such information is vital when it comes to documenting the over one billion years of the history of the solar system.
Moon rocks are pristine clean because there is no oxidation, no rust. Iron found on the moon is shiny silver in appearance. Colors on the Moon are gray. Since there is no atmosphere, there is more exposure to cosmic rays, the amount of which would destroy living creatures (Sands, Stella, and Ray Villard).
Lunar exploration transformedconsiderate of the crash of solid bodies. This procedure is important to planetary origin and evolution. By exploring the moon, humans hope that they can gather enough evidence to give a glimpse of the past; the history of the solar system. Additionally, lunar exploration has the potential of giving projections of our future.
- What are the possibilities of two planets in one solar system being able to support life?
Missions including orbiters and landers are scheduled to go to Mars and continue searching for life (De León Yong, Tania). It is clear that ice water exists on Mars, both in the ice caps and in glaciers at the equator under layers of dust and debris. Liquid water, either on or below the surface has not been discovered. However, further explorations are being commissioned to establish the same.
De León Yong, Tania. “Sobre Cómo William Kentridge Llegó a La Luna. Journey tothe Moon.”. Con A De Animación, no. 7, 2017, p. 38. Universitat Politecnica De Valencia, doi:10.4995/caa.2017.7293.
Sands, Stella, and Ray Villard. Moon Exploration. 1st ed., New York, Kids Discover, 2007.