Podcaster: Nancy Atkinson & Deepak Dhingra

Title: The Moon is a Survivor!

Organization: NASA Lunar Science Institute ;

Links: NLSI

Music:  “Amelia” by Ben Bedford from his “Land of the Shadows” CD.

Description:  We know that the Moon has been the victim of countless impacts during its history, where the surface has been pummeled and sometimes turned to liquid from the heat of impacts. This hot liquid lava would mix with minerals from the impactor, changing the surface make-up of the Moon.  But new research has shown that lunar impacts may not have completely wiped away the pre-existing mineralogy on the Moon.  Deepak Dhingra, a Graduate Student in Planetary Geosciences at Brown University, joins today’s podcast. He is the lead author of a recent paper published in the in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

Press release from Brown University:

Paper can be found at :

Bios: NLSI brings together leading lunar scientists from around the world to further NASA lunar science and exploration.

Deepak Dhingra is a Graduate Student in Planetary Geosciences at Brown University.

Nancy Atkinson is a science journalist and is the Senior Editor for Universe Today.

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