June 11, 2019
Scientists have detected a mysterious mass of material beneath a 1,200-mile crater on the surface of the moon.
The South Pole-Aitken basin on the far side of the moon is said to be the largest crater in the solar system and extends several miles deep.
And, according to the new research, the recently-spotted material is weighing down the basin floor by more than half a mile.
Scientists suspect the unusual deposit beneath the crater may contain metal from the asteroid that formed it.
‘Imagine taking a pile of metal five times larger than the big Island of Hawaii and burying it underground,’ said lead author Peter B. James, from Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences.
‘That’s roughly how much unexpected mass we detected.’
In the study, the team analyzed data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory mission (GRAIL).
This article was posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 5:11 am