The Lunar Interior. A Presentation by Kyle Stephens October 2, 2008. Ingredients for Planetary Evolution. Basic Questions: Homogeneous or layered interior? Enough heat to cause volcanic activity? How far from the sun? How large is the planetary body?. Planetary Evolution: Key Facts.
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A Presentation by Kyle Stephens
October 2, 2008
Main elements to planetary differentiation:
3. Cataclysmic Bombardment
the moon’s center
of mass is offset
The Moon’s crust represents about 9% of the total mass.
The graph to the left displays the fact that today, the moon’s internal temperature is too low to be molten.
Two possible models of the lunar interior:
Sources: Planetary Interiors, Surfaces and Interiors of Terrestrial Planets, Encyclopedia
of the Solar System, NASA.gov, Wikipedia