Thursday, April 24, 2008

"Mee Three" (LPOD April 24)

Earth's Moon is "the ultimate LDEF (Long Duration Exposure Facility), containing an unspoiled record of the history of this star system from the time it gathered itself, most likely from the debris field remnant left over from a glancing blow from "a mars-sized object" with a once-larger proto-Earth 4,527 million years ago.

From less than a half-ton of samples from the most minimal of initial visits scientists have discovered clear indications of material from outside this star system, as well, and the moon continues to raise as many questions as it has answered.

Ever-patiently, it waits, now within our grasp, it waits for us to turn over it clues to tell us its story, and ours.