Geologist Discovers Nano Particles In Moon's Dirt

Geologist Marek Zbik, of Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, has discovered nano particles in dirt from the moon's surface, something not present in dirt on earth.

Zbik used a synchrotron-based nano tomograph to study dirt samples from the moon, which makes a 3-D image of the particles being studied, and found that trapped inside molecular sized glass bubbles were nano particles. Until now, scientist did not have the ability to see particles this small, therefore had no idea these nano partices existed.

In making this discovery, Zbik said it explains why dust on the moon seem to defy gravity and was able to get into every deep crevice on the spacesuits used by the astronauts and their tools, despite being wiped off repeatedly and why the moon's dirt seems to heat and cool so fast in such close proximity to different temperature environments.

Nano technology is an emerging science capable of making miniature nano sized machines capable of computing, doing work, and numerous other functions and has helped to make current technology fit into smaller and smaller packaging.

Zbik and others believe the nano particles are naturally occurring due to the millions of meteors that have crashed into it, creating rapid heating and cooling as a result of the impact that result in those molecular sized glass bubbles encapsulating nano particles.

The bubbles that were encasing the nano particles were not filled with a gas or vapor, unlike every other known type of bubble, but was a void except for the nano particle.

Some scientist have acknowledged this is a strong theory about how nano particles got on the moon and not a proven scientific fact yet. A nanometer is one billionth of a meter, or roughly 100,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair.

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