Looking south from the Apollo 17 landing site. Image credit: NASA

Looking south from the Apollo 17 landing site. Image credit: NASA

Happy Monday, Earthlings!

Wow...45 years after Apollo 17's exploration of the Taurus-Littrow Valley and we are still fascinated by the mysteries of our own natural satellite. 

This year's Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (March 2018) will feature the Apollo 17 Flight Director, G. Griffin, and numerous presentations by planetary scientists who have studied the Valley, mission, and moon samples brought back by the astronauts. 

Here is a summary of major findings from this Valley:

1- Lunar samples have been identified as once been material from the deep mantle of the Moon!

2-Some material suggests pyroclastics and possible early volcanic events

3-Discovery of a thrust fault dated at about 75 million years!

4-Certain minerals will be used to "date" these rocks by the amount of radiation and weathering. 

Marked map of Taurus-Littrow Valley Apollo 17 landing site. Image credit: NASA

Marked map of Taurus-Littrow Valley Apollo 17 landing site. Image credit: NASA

Thanks for reading and come back next week for a look at the Black Beauty meteorite.