New scientific reports throw into disarray the standard theory of the origins of our planet’s moon. A decade ago, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency’s spacecraft Kaguya spent a year and a half orbiting the moon and collecting data. The spacecraft was equipped with an ion mass spectrometer, and it detected something unexpected – an abundance of carbon ions, which were distributed “over almost the total lunar surface….”
The problem this discovery presents for the consensus model of the moon’s origins is explained in a Science Alert report: “The reason that’s a problem for the lunar impact formation model – in which a large body we call Theia collided with Earth sometime in the early years of the Solar System, breaking off a chunk and sending it into Earth orbit – is because volatiles have a low boiling point. “But the Theia collision would have generated pretty intense temperatures – 4,000-6,000 Kelvin – which should have partially vaporised the debris, and boiled away the volatiles, producing what is known as a volatile-depleted ‘dry’ Moon.”
In this episode, we explore the theoretical pathways that the Electric Universe offers into lunar geology.