NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) finds more metals on Moon

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) finds more metals on Moon
The Siliconreview
07 July, 2020

NASA's most prolific and promising Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has found evidence about the presence of more metals on Moon's surface. The indications show the rich presence of iron and titanium oxides beneath the Moon's surface, revealing the close connection with Earth's early history. Scientists are debating about the formation of the Moon for ages. It is believed that Moon was formed by the collision between Mars-sized world and Earth billions of years ago, this collision shattered debris of proto-Earth into space. This debris surrounded the Earth in the form of a ring; the Moon, which we see today, collapsed under its surface gravity.

LRO's new finding has shown a new side of the Moon. This finding could explain the discrepancy and can provide new insights on how the Moon was formed. Scientists have started to work on this. The new research is done using a device called the Miniature Radio Frequency (Mini-RF) instrument; it consists of a radar probe that is designed to map lunar geology. It helps to locate water ice and to test communication.

The results shown by LRO is one small step to know about how the Moon was formed as the observations reveal the presence of iron and titanium oxides evenly distributed beneath the surface of Moon on the northern hemisphere. This will help researchers craft newer tools and find what other metals are present in the southern hemisphere.