PerspectivePlanetary Science

What Is the Moon Made of?

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Science  07 Sep 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5536, pp. 1779-1781
DOI: 10.1126/science.1064469

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Until recently, knowledge of lunar composition was based mostly on lunar samples returned by the Apollo and Luna missions. This all changed with the Clementine and Lunar Prospector missions, which provided global maps of the composition of the lunar surface. In his Perspective, Spudis charts the insights into the structure and history of the Moon gained through these global data, which are set to revolutionize our understanding of the Moon and other planetary bodies.