Radioactivity of the Lunar Surface

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Science  27 May 1966:
Vol. 152, Issue 3726, pp. 1235-1236
DOI: 10.1126/science.152.3726.1235


Diffusion of radon and thoron from the Ilunar surface provides a mechanism for production of a radioactive surface layer on the moon. If the radon and thoron flux from the lunar surface is equal to that measured at the earth's surface, the equilibrium activity of this surface layet is estimated as approximately 1 microcurie per square meter, due to radon and its decay products. This activity consists of alpha particles and gamnmna rays at well-defined energies and of beta rays.