Moon holds the secrets of life

One of the best places to look for aliens is the Moon, a UK scientist said this week.
Planets expert Dr Ian Crawford called for manned missions to our nearest neighbour in space to track them down.
Secrets of life in the solar system and beyond are locked like fossils in the Moon’s rocks, he told a space biology conference.
The evidence would also help us to understand more about life on Earth.
Dr Crawford, of University College, London, believes the Moon is like a time capsule. The lack of atmosphere or geological activity such as volcanoes means that the surface has remained unchanged over millions of years.
Dr Crawford, who is also President of the UK’s Society for Popular Astronomy, says asteroids and comets that hit the planets early on the solar system sent rocks splashing out into space.
Some landed on the Moon and will have been perfectly preserved – along with fossils of any life forms.
He told the Astrobiology Society meeting at Kent University, Canterbury: “The Apollo missions, more than 30 years ago, didn’t really scrape the surface.
“The Moon has been a silent witness to everything that’s happened in Earth’s entire history.”

Paul Sutherland

Paul Sutherland

I have been a professional journalist for nearly 40 years. I write regularly for science magazines including BBC Sky at Night magazine, BBC Focus, Astronomy Now and Popular Astronomy. I have also authored three books on astronomy and contributed to others.
Paul Sutherland

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Paul Sutherland

I have been a professional journalist for nearly 40 years. I write regularly for science magazines including BBC Sky at Night magazine, BBC Focus, Astronomy Now and Popular Astronomy. I have also authored three books on astronomy and contributed to others.

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