China's Lunar Lander Finds Evidence Of Moon's Mantle

Published on 15 May 2019, 19:09
According to Gizmodo, scientists in China released their first batch of data from the Chang’e 4 lunar lander.
China's lander touched down on the far side of the lunar surface back in January for a scientific mission.
Since then, the rover has been exploring the Aitken basin at the Moon's South Pole.
But the basin is also a massive impact crater.
The first batch of data from the Chang’e 4 suggests that some of the Moon's mantle reached the lunar surface.
The first observations from the Yutu 2 rover’s Visible and Near Infrared Spectrometer spotted iron-rich minerals like olivine and pyroxene in the soil.
Researchers in China think those minerals are evidence of solid rock from a mantle lying beneath the lunar crust.

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