Scientists: Moon over the hill at 4.51 billion years old - News Summed Up

Scientists: Moon over the hill at 4.51 billion years old


It turns out the moon is older than many scientists suspected: a ripe 4.51 billion years old. That's the newest estimate, thanks to rocks and soil collected by the Apollo 14 moonwalkers in 1971. A research team reported Wednesday that the moon formed within 60 million years of the birth of the solar system. The scientists conducted uranium-lead dating on fragments of the mineral zircon extracted from Apollo 14 lunar samples. (AP)She noted that the moon holds "so much magic ... the key to understand how our beautiful Earth formed and evolved."


Source: Fox News January 11, 2017 22:44 UTC


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