Modern Mysteries of the Moon

What We Still Don’t Know About Our Lunar Companion

  • Vincent S. Foster

Part of the Astronomers' Universe book series (ASTRONOM)

Table of contents

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About this book


There are still many questions that remain about the Moon. From concentric craters to lunar swirls, water vapor and lunar reverberations on impact, Foster collects it all for a fascinating tour that will illuminate the backyard observer's understanding of this easily viewed, yet also imperfectly understood, celestial object. Data from Apollo and a flotilla of unmanned Moon orbiters, crashers, and landers have all contributed to our understanding of the Moon, but these mysteries linger despite decades of research.

When Project Apollo brought back lunar rocks and soil samples, it opened a new chapter of understanding Earth's lone natural satellite, a process that continues to this day, as old results are revisited and new techniques are used on existing samples. Topics such as the origin, evolution, structure and composition of the Moon, however, are still under debate.

Lunar research is still an active field of study. New technologies make it possible to continue to learn. But even so, the Moon continues to hold tight to some of its oldest and most cherished secrets. Foster examines many of the most interesting puzzles and what has been revealed by exploring them – as well as what questions remain.


Apollo Samples Basic Lunar Facts Lunar Exploration Committee Results Lunar Origin Lunar Science Planetary Geology of Moon Selenology Study of the Moon Volcanic Activity on Moon Water Vapor on Moon

Authors and affiliations

  • Vincent S. Foster
    • 1
  1. 1.WaretownUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-22119-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-22120-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1614-659X
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-6651
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