Planetary Science and Resources Discoveries

Planetary scientists sharing ideas and discoveries.

Planetary Science and Resources Discoveries (PSRD) is an educational site sharing the latest research on the nature and origin of the Moon, meteorites, asteroids, planets, and other materials in our Solar System, and on identifying potential resources on those bodies that could be tapped for the benefit of people on Earth. Original support came from the Planetary Science Division of NASA's Science Mission Directorate and Hawai'i Space Grant Consortium. This site is a vital link for what's new in planetary and space sciences, space resources exploration, and learning how science works.

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» Detailed Microanalysis of One Lunar Rock Provides Insight into Formation of the Entire Lunar Magnesian Suite
Link to article: Lunar Magnesian Suite. The distribution of phosphorous in olivine and sodium in plagioclase in lunar rock 76535 suggest that its formation may have involved reaction between magma ocean products and magma formed by partial melting in the lower crust.
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» Heating Meteorites to Understand Exoplanet Atmospheres
Heating carbonaceous chondrites in a vacuum oven provides constraints on the origins of the atmospheres of Earth-like planets around other stars.

» Seeing What We Have Never Seen Before: Low-Frequency Radio Astronomy from the Moon
Low-frequency radio observations from the radio-quiet lunar farside will allow astronomers to probe the universe from its mysterious dark ages after the Big Bang, to the nature of the magnetospheres of planets around other stars and the outer planets in our Solar System, and to better understand the causes of explosive release of plasma from the Sun's corona.

» The Tarnished Moon
Remote sensing observations reveal the presence of ferric iron in the form of the mineral hematite at high latitudes on the Moon, possibly the product of reaction of ferrous iron on the Moon with oxygen from the Earth's upper atmosphere.

» Hydrogen Isotopes in Small Lunar Samples Provide Clues to the Origin of the Earth and Moon
Small samples of igneous rocks from the Moon have low deuterium/hydrogen ratios, indicating that some planetary bodies involved in the formation of the Earth and Moon trapped gas from the solar nebula..

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CosmoSparks--quick views of big advances. Click here for access to all reports in the series.

In this series of reports PSRD gives quick views of big advances in planetary sciences, with links to further details.

» Visit to a New Mineralogy Museum: The University of Arizona Alfie Norville Gem & Mineral Museum   -- See spectacular mineral displays and more.

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Instruments of Cosmochemistry
In this series of articles PSRD highlights the essential tools and amazing technology used by talented scientists seeking to unravel how the solar system formed.

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