My favorite news genre is, by far, a "history of science that could appear at the beginning of a science fiction movie before things went horribly wrong." Things like when researchers successfully brought in some 40,000-year-old frozen worms last year or when the Harvard astronomy president theorized that Oumuamua, the first interstellar object ever documented passing through our solar system, could be an alien probe powered by solar energy. Nothing terrible comes from the worms being revived (yet) and "Oumuamua already fucked, presumably never seen by us again, without having deposited alien invaders – but at the very least they gave us some fun and sinister headlines. . For me, this story about scientists uncovering a huge metal mass under a crater on the Moon has exactly the same vibrations.
According to a Baylor University in Texas, a huge mass was discovered below with South Pole-Aitken Basin, a crater 2,500 kilometers wide on the surface of the moon. The main author of the study Dr. Peter B James, says the mass is incredibly huge: "Imagine taking a metal stack five times larger than the Big Island of Hawaii and burying it underground. That's roughly how much unexpected mass we detect."
The researchers combined data from the NASA Gravity Recovery and Interior Lab (which used gravitational mapping to get an idea of the moon's internal structure) with Lunar Orbiter of Recognitionand I ended up finding aunexpectedly large amount of mass hundreds of kilometers beneath the South Pole-Aitken basin".
Although I personally would love to believe that it is aliens, Dr. James suggests a more reasonable explanation:One of the explanations of this extra mass is that the metal of the asteroid that formed this crater is still embedded in the mantle of the Moon. . . We did the math and showed that a sufficiently dispersed core of the impacting asteroid could remain suspended in the Moon's mantle to this day, rather than sinking into the Moon's core."
The 4-billion-year-old Pólo Sul-Aitken basin is the largest preserved crater we have discovered in the solar system – more than ten times larger than Earth's largest crater.