The similarities among the Earth and Moon are fascinating. There are many theories about the Earth’s only natural satellite. Many people even say that it originated from a landmass which got separated from Earth million years ago and some say that Earth’s strong gravitational field captured this random body from the space in its field. The Moon also became the target for all the scientific expeditions by man. Many experts even predict that humans will colonize the moon soon.
But one topic hasn’t received attention of the researchers yet, which is tectonic stability of the moon. The Earth’s plates often collide with each other and result in massive Earthquakes. What if this also happens on moon? The Indian scientist has answered this question. The data reveal that moon also has tectonic plates which are made up of up surface and crust. Whenever collide each other, moon faces quake. The data was collected from Chandrayaan-1, first lunar probe in India’s Mars mission.
Though various aspects of Earthquakes haven’t been addressed by scientists on Earth, we can look at moon for better explanation. This new discovery may force us to look at the riddle of Earthquake from different aspect. School of Environmental Sciences professor Saumitra Mukherjee from Jawaharlal Nehru University has made this discovery. She teaches Geology there. Her student Priyadarshini Singh also contributed to the project. Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera and Narrow Angle Camera captured the evidences of quakes on the moon very well. The presence of tectonic plates is quite visible at the south pole of the moon.