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Earth and Moon came from same material: Scientists

Earth and Moon came from same material: Scientists
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Sharing a fresh view of how the Moon was formed, a team of scientists at University of Maryland has generated a new isotopic fingerprint -- the...

New York: Sharing a fresh view of how the Moon was formed, a team of scientists at University of Maryland has generated a new isotopic fingerprint -- the geological equivalent of a DNA "fingerprint" -- of the Moon suggesting that the Earth and its satellite were formed from the same foreign body.

Till date, planetary scientists believe that within the first 150 million years after our solar system was formed, a giant body roughly the size of Mars struck and merged with Earth, blasting a huge cloud of rock and debris into space. By zeroing in on an isotope of Tungsten present in both the Moon and Earth, the team is the first to reconcile the accepted model of the Moon's formation with the unexpectedly similar isotopic fingerprints of both bodies.

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