Author(s): Jasper Halekas
Co-Author(s): M. Fuller, I. Garrick-Bethell, L. L. Hood, C. L. Johnson, K.Lawrence, R. J. Lillis, R. P. Lin, M. Manga, M. E. Purucker, B. P. Weiss
Panel Selection: Inner Planets: Mercury, Venus, and the Moon.
Institution: University of California Berkeley
The discovery of lunar magnetic fields of crustal origin was a major scientific surprise of the Apollo program. Solving the enigma of lunar remanent crustal magnetization will provide fundamental insights into the thermal history of the lunar core/dynamo, mantle, and crust, and into the processes by which crustal magnetization is acquired on airless bodies - for instance, large basin-forming impacts. Determining the origin and history of lunar crustal magnetism will require the return of oriented samples...

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