New Seismic Data on the State of the Deep Lunar Interior

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Science  06 Jul 1973:
Vol. 181, Issue 4094, pp. 49-51
DOI: 10.1126/science.181.4094.49


Direct shear-wave arrivals from seismtic events originating on the far side of the moon are not observed at some of the stations of the Apollo seismic network. These data suggest that the material in the lunar interior at a depth of 1000 to 1100 kilometers is more dissipative for seismic shear waves than the lithosphere above, and possibly exists in a partially molten state akin to the earth's asthenosphere.