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The Moon May Be Millions Of Years Younger Than Previously Thought

Could the moon be 60 million years younger then scientists currently think? New research on moon rocks could lead to rethinking on how the moon was formed.

A new analysis conducted on lunar rocks brought back to Earth by the Apollo 16 astronauts has led researchers to believe that the moon may be 60 million years younger than previously thought. This would make the current prevailing theory about how the moon formed impossible. The new results date the moon at around 4.36 billion years old, which means that the moon formed around the same time as the oldest crusts on Earth (4.4 billion year old zircons from Australia.)

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August 18th, 2011

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