Astronomers: Moon is Shrinking


moonThe Man in the Moon has become the latest victim of contraction in the housing market. Astronomers reporting in the US journal Science said they had found previous¬†undetected landforms which indicate that Earth’s satellite has been shrinking… albeit by only a tiny amount.

The intriguing features, called lobate scarps, are faults created when the Moon’s once-molten interior began to cool, causing the lunar surface to contract and then crinkle, they said.

Relative to the Moon’s age,¬† the contraction is recent and is measured at about 100 metees (325 feet).

Lobate scarps were first spotted near the lunar equator in the 1970s by panoramic cameras aboard the Apollo 15, 16 and 17 missions.

Fourteen new faults have been been spotted in high-resolution images taken by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

The new discoveries show that the scarps are globally distributed and not clustered in equatorial regions, and this provides powerful evidence for the contraction scenario.

The investigation was headed by Thomas Watters of the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies at the Smithsonian Museum’s National Air and Space Museum, Washington.

{AFP/ Newscenter}


  1. Why don’t these rocket scientests look at something a little more important.
    This is where the taxes go to, to pay these nuts so they can look at the sky. “Ah Doc!Look, Obama’s nose just grew 2 centimeters! Call the media.”

  2. have to agree with #3 (and #4) What an absolute waste of money! millions have no food, but we have billions to stare at some flying rocks and make unbelievable discoveries such as this one! (this does not bash NASA programs in general because some of them have been very helpful, like communication satellites etc, but having billions of dollars of machinery fly through space just to measure wave patterns on Pluto, is absolutely ridiculous)