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The Origin and Evolution of the Moon

Academic Graduate-level Course

Before November 4th: EDT (UT-4)
After November 4th: EST (UT-5)

Lecture: 1 hour; Discussion: 30 minutes

Semester 1 - Fall 2018
Lincoln Field Building, Room 105

General Reading List

Class 1: September 5, 3:00 PM EDT: Transformative Lunar Science: Carle Pieters, Robin Canup, David Kring, James Head, David Scott.

Slides for the "Transformative Lunar Science" Video (except movies). (PDF)


Class 2: September 12, 3:00 PM EDT: The History of Lunar Exploration: Jim Head (Brown)

Chertok, B., 2011.  Rockets and People:  The Moon Race.  The NASA History Series, NASA SP-2011-4110, vol. IV, Siddiqi, A. A. (series ed.), 663 pp.  (PDF).

Compton, W. D., 1989.  Where No Man Has Gone Before:  A History of Apollo Lunar Exploration Missions.  The NASA History Series, NASA SP-4214, 415 pp.  (PDF).

Logsdon, J. M. (ed.), Launius, R. D., 2008.  Exploring the Unknown:  Selected Documents in the History of the U.S. Civil Space Program.  Human Spaceflight:  Projects Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo, vol. VII, The NASA History Series, NASA SP-2008-4407, 857 pp.  (PDF)

Swanson, G. E. (ed.), 1999.  “Before This Decade is Out. . .”: Personal Reflections on the Apollo Program.  The NASA History Series, NASA SP-4223, 408 pp.  (PDF).


Class 3: September 19, 3:00 PM EDT: The Formation of the Moon: Current Scenarios: Robin Canup (SWRI)

Pahlevan, K, and D. J. Stevenson, 2007. Equilibration in the aftermath of the lunar-forming gian impact. Earth and Planetary Sciences Letters 262, 438-449, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2007.07.055. (PDF).

Salmon, J., and R. M. Canup, 2012. Lunar accretion from a Roche-interior fluid disk. The Astrophysical Journal 760, 1-18, doi: 10.1088/0004-637X/760/1/83. (PDF).

Cuk, M., and S. T. Stewart, 2012. Making the Moon from a fast-spinning Earth: A gian impact followed by resonant despinning. Science 338, 1047-1052, doi: 10.1126/science.1225542. (PDF)

Canup, R. M., 2012. Forming a moon with an Earth-like composition via a giant impact. Science 338, 1052-1055, doi: 10.1126/science.1226073. (PDF)

Canup, R. M., 2013. Lunar conspiracies. Nature 504, 27-29. (PDF)

Rufu, R., O. Aharanson, and H. B. Perets, 2017. A multiple-impact origin for the Moon. Nature Geoscience 10, 89-94, doi: 10.1038/NGEO2866. (PDF)


Class 4: September 26, 3:00 PM EDT: Formation of the Lunar Crust and the Aftermath: The Magma Ocean Hypothesis: Marc Parmentier (Brown)

Timothy L. Grove, T. L., and M. J. Krawczynski (2009), Lunar Mare Volcanism: Where Did the Magmas Come From? Elements, 5, 29-34, doi: 10.2113/gselements.5.1.29.  (PDF)

Hess, P.C., and  E.M. Parmentier (1995), A model for the thermal and chemical evolution of the Moon’s interior: implications for the onset of mare volcanism, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 134, 501-514.  (PDF)

Mark A. Wieczorek, M. A. (2009), The Interior Structure of the Moon: What Does Geophysics Have to Say? Elements, 5, 35-40, doi: 10.2113/gselements.5.1.35. (PDF)

Taylor, G. J. (2009), Ancient Lunar Crust: Origin, Composition, and Implications, Elements, 5, 17-22, doi: 10.2113/gselements.5.1.17.  (PDF)

C.-E. Boukaré, C.-E., E.M. Parmentier, and S.W. Parman (2018), Timing of mantle overturn during magma ocean solidification, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 491, 216-225, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2018.03.037. (PDF)

Scheinberg, A. L., K. M. Soderlund, and L. T. Elkins-Tanton (2018), A basal magma ocean dynamo to explain the early lunar magnetic field, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 492, 144-151, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2018.04.015.  (PDF)

Evans, A. J., M. T. Zuber, B. P. Weiss, and S. M. Tikoo (2014), A wet, heterogeneous lunar interior: Lower mantle and core dynamo evolution, J. Geophys. Res. Planets, 119, 1061–1077, doi:10.1002/2013JE004494.  (PDF)