It is reported that an extra-large metal block of 2000 trillion tons is sleeping on the other side of the moon



A research team at Baylor University analyzed the lunar gravity distribution measured by NASA and found that there is an anomalous gravity source deep beneath the lunar crater. After more detailed analysis, the research team announced that there is a high probability of the existence of supermassive objects with a mass of at least 2000 trillion tons below the crater.

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In 2011, NASA implemented a plan to measure the gravity distribution of the moon with high accuracy by two spacecraft ' GRAIL ' flying on the lunar orbit. When a research team at Baylor University analyzed the gravity distribution data, it found that an anomalous gravity distribution was found in the crater called ' Antoken Basin ' on the other side of the moon.



The Aytoken Basin, Antarctica, is a crater with a diameter of approximately 2500 km and a depth of approximately 13 km, the largest class in the solar system. The crater, shown in purple in the image below, marked based on the data of the Japanese lunar exploration vessel Kaguya, is the Athken Basin, Antarctica.



This time, when the gravity source was estimated from the gravity anomaly of the Aitken Basin of Antarctica, which has been seen from the gravity distribution of GRAIL, it was calculated that hundreds of kilometers of metal were buried at a depth of about 300 km underground. . Also, it is estimated that there are at least 2.18 × 10 18 kg, about 2180 trillion tons, though its mass is not known exactly. Dr. Peter James, Professor of Planetary Geophysics at Baylor University, 'Imagine a metal block five times as large as the island of Hawaii (approximately 10 thousand km 2 ) buried in the ground' It is illustrated.

According to the research team, the identity of this massive metal mass may be that the magma inside the moon has crystallized and oxidized, or may be the remnant of an asteroid that collided to the moon about 4 billion years ago. As a result of actually simulating the collision with a computer, it is found that the asteroid's iron and nickel nuclei collided and deeply buried in the moon's basement, and then pushed up by the moon's mantle and lifted up to near the crust. It seems so.


This is not the first time the existence of a mysterious substance has been hinted at around the Atoken Basin, Antarctica. In 2015, Kaguya detected a strong magnetic anomaly around the Atoken Basin in Antarctica, and JAXA has reported that it is estimated that “a substance causing a magnetic anomaly is distributed near the surface of the Atoken Basin in Antarctica”.

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The report by the Baylor University research team this time is based solely on the gravity distribution data, and we have not actually confirmed the metal block visually. However, NASA has announced its Artemis plan , 'Aim for manned lunar exploration by 2024,' and has shown a more positive attitude towards lunar exploration than ever before, so further exploration and research You can expect to see the whole picture of the mysterious huge metal that sleeps on the moon.

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