The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has awarded a grant to scientists at Baylor University to study the unusual volcanic features on the moon. The research project, which will be led by Dr. Stephen Dole, a professor of planetary science at Baylor’s Department of Geosciences, will focus on the bizarre and often puzzling volcanoes found on the moon’s surface.
The moon is an intriguing celestial body that has been the subject of intense scientific study since the days of the Apollo missions. Scientists have long been intrigued by the strange volcanic features on the moon’s surface, which are unlike anything seen on Earth. These features, known as “volcanic domes,” are essentially large mounds of rock that have been formed by molten lava that has cooled and solidified.
The most distinctive feature of these domes is their shape. Rather than being the classic cone-shaped volcanoes seen on Earth, the lunar domes are much flatter and feature a distinct circular or oval shape. Scientists have been unable to explain why these features are so different from Earth’s volcanoes, and the grant from NASA will allow Baylor scientists to dig deeper into this mystery.
The research team will be examining samples of lunar rock collected during the Apollo missions to determine the composition and structure of the volcanic domes. They will also be using remote sensing techniques to map the lunar surface and gain insight into the processes that formed the domes. By studying the rock samples, the scientists hope to gain a better understanding of the volcanic activity that occurred on the moon and the environment in which it took place.
The team will also be looking at how the domes formed and how they interacted with the environment on the moon. This will help them gain a better understanding of the moon’s history and the formation of its surface features. The Baylor team also hopes to use their data to build models of the moon’s interior and its volcanic history.
The Baylor scientists’ research is part of a larger effort by NASA to gain a better understanding of the moon’s geological history and its geological processes. The data collected by the Baylor team will be used in conjunction with other data gathered by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory mission to gain a better understanding of the moon’s interior structure and its volcanic activity.
The Baylor team’s research is expected to provide new insights into the moon’s volcanic history and its environment. By studying the lunar domes and other volcanic features, they hope to gain a better understanding of the moon’s formation and evolution. The data collected by the Baylor team will also be used to help NASA plan future lunar exploration missions.
The Baylor team’s research is a continuation of their work on the moon’s volcanic features, which began in 2016 with a separate grant from NASA. This new grant will allow the team to expand their research and gain a better understanding of the moon’s mysterious volcanic features. The Baylor team’s research will help NASA gain a better understanding of the moon’s volcanic history and its environment, which could be invaluable for future lunar exploration and settlement.