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Chinese scientists have studied the largest crater of the moon and found something interesting

A team of researchers from Shandong University in east China has studied a geological anomaly in the Moon’s largest, deepest and oldest crater, the South Pole-Aitken Basin, which lies on the far side of Earth’s natural satellite.

Chinese scientists have determined that the mantle at the bottom of the crater contains an unusually large amount of plagioclases (a group of rock-forming minerals of the isomorphic series), which are usually found in the surface layer – the lunar crust. Experts do not exclude that after the formation of the basin in this area there was a significant collision with the Moon of a certain cosmic body.

The data analyzed by PRC specialists was obtained by the Chang’e-4 station, launched on December 8, 2018. She worked on the Moon for 44 lunar days (each lasts approximately 14.5 Earth days) and is now in sleep mode, since the period of the next dark time of the day has come (night on the Earth’s natural satellite also lasts two weeks).

The South Pole-Aitken Basin is the largest known crater on the Moon. Located on the south side. It has a size of 2400 x 2050 km, which makes it one of the largest craters in the entire solar system. It is the deepest and oldest known impact structure on the Moon. The depth of the basin reaches 8 km, and the total height interval is 16.1 km.

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