Evidence for Deposition of Interstellar Material on the Lunar Surface

Evidence for Deposition of Interstellar Material on the Lunar Surface

Fimiani, L.; Cook, D. L.; Faestermann, T.; Gómez Guzmán, J. M.; Hain, K.; Herzog, G. F.; Knie, K.; Korschinek, G.; Ligon, B.; Ludwig, P.; Park, J.; Reedy, R. C.; Rugel, G.

Astronomical observations indicate that one or more supernovae (SN) ocurred in the vicinity of our solar system in the recent past (~10Myr) [1,2]. One possible indication of the arrival of SN (or perhaps AGB) debris locally was the detection of 60Fe/Fe (T1/2 = 2.62 Myr [3]) excesses in a ferroman-ganese crust from the Pacific Ocean [4,5]. Another indication came from the Moon. In a previous study [6] we reported a 60Fe/Fe depth profile constructed with 2 samples of the Apollo 12 core 12025, 4 samples of the Apollo 15 core 15008, 2 samples known as ‘skim’, ‘scoop’ and ‘under boulder’ soil collected near the shade of a small boulder in Station 9 during the Apollo 16 mission (shaded samples), and 5 samples of the deep drill core 60007/6, sampled during the same mission. We complete the previous work by reporting new measurements of 53Mn (T1/2 = 3.7 Myr [7]) in the same samples, including deeper samples of the 12025 core, and by using those measurements for a critical assessment of the 60Fe results. We also determined the activities of 60Fe and 53Mn of 7 samples from 4 iron meteorites; these activities were used to establish reference levels for local production due to galactic cosmic rays.

Keywords: supernova; Fe-60; Mn-53

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    45th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 17.-21.03.2014, Houston, USA

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