Olivine-norite rock detected by Yutu-2 likely crystallized from the SPA impact melt pool

phys.org | 4/22/2015 | Staff
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The South Pole-Aitken (SPA) is the largest and deepest basin on the Moon, theoretically opening a window into the lunar lower crust and likely into the upper mantle. However, compositional information of the SPA basin was mainly obtained from orbital remote sensing. Chang'E-4 landed in the SPA Basin, providing a unique chance for in situ probing the composition of the lunar interior. The landing site is located on ejecta strips radiating from Finsen crater, which lies ~135 km to the northeast. The lunar surface at the landing site consists of a very homogenous regolith overlain by few scattered rocks.

A surface rock and the lunar regolith at 10 sites along the rover Yutu-2 track were measured...
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