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The Moon’s Peculiar Dust Gets More Peculiar Still

Time.comBy JEFFREY KLUGER | – Mon, Jun 18, 2012

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The moon has never had all that much. It doesn’t have atmosphere, it doesn’t have water and it sure doesn’t have life. What it does have though is dirt — lots and lots of dirt — and it’s some of the coolest stuff you ever saw. Now it’s gotten cooler still, thanks to the discovery this week of a wholly unexpected ingredient stirred into the lunar mix.

Even before astronauts landed on the moon, they knew the soil would be something special. With no atmosphere to intercept incoming meteorites and micrometeorites, the lunar regolith — or surface covering — would have been subjected to a 4.5 billion year bombardment that would have produced a layer of dust far finer than confectioner’s sugar. That dust, the Apollo crewmen found when they went out to play in it, did some strange things: it rose above the surface when disturbed and hung there far longer than could be explained by the moon’s weak gravity; it crept deep into the weave and cracks of virtually anything it touched and clung there as if adhesively attached. What’s more, it was filled with exquisitely fine green and orange glass beads — the products of the superheated melting and cooling that followed impacts.

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When the astronauts brought their samples home, the geologists in Houston discovered even more. The soil was unusually chemically reactive — not something that was expected from a scrap of a world that was supposed to be largely inert. And it did a lousy job of conducting heat. The surface of the moon on the sunlit side might be close to the boiling point of water, but just a few feet down it would be far below freezing.

For 40 years, geologists struggled to understand just what gave lunar soil these pixie dust properties, but geologist Marek Zbik of Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia may finally have cracked it. The answer: nanoparticles — vanishingly tiny flecks of mass, some no bigger than molecules, that have all the odd qualities of moon dust, and more.

Zbik made his discovery thanks to an instrument known as…read more

Full Moon view from earth In Belgium (Hamois)....

Full Moon view from earth In Belgium (Hamois). Français : Pleine Lune vue de la Terre en Belgique à Hamois. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)