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Chang’e-5 samples suggest lunar meteorite impacts took place the same time as big Chicxulub impact

In analyzing lunar samples brought back by China’s Chang’e-5 Moon lander, Australian scientists have found evidence of lunar meteorite impacts that apparently took place the same time as big Chicxulub impact in the Yucatan 66 million years ago, thought by many scientists to have caused the extinction of the dinosaurs.

Their findings suggest that the frequency of meteorite impacts on the Moon may have been mirrored on Earth, and that major impact events on Earth were not stand-alone events and instead were accompanies by a series of smaller impacts. The study has been published in Science Advances.

“We combined a wide range of microscopic analytical techniques, numerical modelling, and geological surveys to determine how these microscopic glass beads from the Moon were formed and when,” says lead author Professor Alexander Nemchin, from the Space Science and Technology Centre (SSTC) in the School of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Curtin University in Perth.

The data suggests two possibilities, neither of which is confirmed. First, the impacts could have occurred because a cluster of large objects hit both Earth and the Moon at the same time. Second, the impacts on the Moon could have been caused by objects thrown up from the Earth when the bigger impact occurred at Chicxulub.

Either way, the data suggests a greater and more complex interaction between events on the Earth and events on the Moon.

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  • Gary

    Interesting. I just read a fiction novel – – based on the premise that moon rocks found by the last Apollo astronauts were found to be linked to the Yucatan impact. Took some fanciful liberties after that, but that book anticipated this data by nearly 20 years.

  • GaryMike

    Glenn Reynolds says: “It’s aliens”.

  • Gary

    Yeah, Instapundit was where is saw the recommendation for that book.

  • Tim

    Robert Zubrin, I posted this some years ago it might be of interest to you:

    “Elon Musk said elsewhere that he thinks that 500K a ticket is the price for being able to send people to Mars privately at a profit. He said that he thinks that there are at least 8000 and probably very many more willing/able to pay. Let assume he is right. How would the colony make money? How about: The Cayman Islands in space?. Mars has one big thing to trade upon, its location beyond all claims of any government as to sovereignty. Meaning it does not have to follow any earth laws. The colony bank of mars (probably a bunch of server/routers/cpu’s in a room) could offer clients tax free interest on deposits (say 5% more for big investors) and total confidentiality. Records not available to any gov agency wanting to know anything about, no legal obligation to do so.”

    This is similar I believe to what happen in early America; gold/etc deposited in the bank of NY or some such facility escape the tax man in Europe. In this application said money would likely be transferred electronically; the “bank of mars” would then invest the money back on Earth the same way and pay depositors interest tax free. Since sovereign private colonies on Mars (made up of people renouncing their citizenship from their native country on earth) wouldn’t be bound by earth law/taxes etc. No obligation to report interest paid to depositors to the IRS.

  • Tim: If you think you are commenting on Robert Zubrin’s website, you are sorely mistaken. :)

    Nothing against Robert, he is just a different Robert Z. He focuses on Mars, I instead write histories of what has been done, with an eye to the future.

  • Tim

    “Tim: If you think you are commenting on Robert Zubrin’s website, you are sorely mistaken. :)”

    Oops…my mistake. Any comments about my post anyway? Would welcome them.

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