Lindy Elkins-Tanton & Rick Carlson Present at the Royal Society's Origin of the Moon Meeting in London

William K. Hartmann
Painting by William K. Hartmann, Planetary Science Institute, Tucson
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 

DTM's Director, Lindy Elkins-Tanton and Staff Scientist, Rick Carlson, both spoke at The Royal Society's scientific discussion meeting entitled, "Origin of the Moon" on the 23 September to 24 September 2013 in London organized by Professor Alex Halliday and Professor David Stevenson.

Geochemical data, improved simulations and spacecraft exploration are challenging the widespread acceptance of the currently favored giant impact hypothesis, which states the moon was formed 4.5 billion years ago from a collision between Earth and a body roughly the size of Mars. This meeting is held to consider our current understanding, how this relates to our Earth and planetary systems and an opportunity to identify the directions of future research.

Lindy discussed "Magma Oceans & The Origin of the Lunar Highlands." Rick Carlson spoke about the "Age of the Lunar Crust: Implications for the Time of Moon Formation."