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Curie: Constraining Solar System Bombardment Using In Situ Radiometric Dating

Cohen, B. A.; Petro, N. E.; Lawrence, S. J.; Clegg, S. M.; Denevi, B. W.; Dyar, M. E.; Elardo, S. M.; Grinspoon, D. H.; Hiesinger, H.; Liu, Y.; McCanta, M. C.; Moriarty, D. P.; Norman, M. D.; Runyon, K. D.; Schwenzer, S. P.; Swindle, T. D.; van der Bogart, C. H. and Wiens, R. C. (2018). Curie: Constraining Solar System Bombardment Using In Situ Radiometric Dating. In: 49th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 19-23 Mar 2018, The Woodlands, Houston, Texas, USA.

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The Curie mission would constrain the existence of the putative cataclysm by determining the age of samples directly sourced from the impact melt sheet of a major pre-Imbrium lunar basin. The measurements would also enable further understanding of lunar evolution by characterizing new lunar lithologies far from the Apollo and Luna landing sites, including the very low-Ti basalts in Mare Crisium and potential olivine rich lithologies in the margins of both Mare Nectaris and Mars Crisium. Equipped with a mass spectrometer and a LIBS, Curie would also be well-placed to survey volatile components of the lunar regolith, including surface-bound hydrogen.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Keywords: Curie; Lunar mission; radiometric dating
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
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Item ID: 53545
Depositing User: Susanne Schwenzer
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2018 11:41
Last Modified: 02 May 2019 18:50
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