Lunar Celebration: The Moon Enters A New Epoch – Lunar Anthropocene

Lunar Celebration: The Moon Enters A New Epoch – Lunar Anthropocene

Experts said that the moon had entered a new epoch. Check out the latest reports about this below.

Lunar celebration – the moon enters New Epoch

According to researchers, the moon has entered a new epoch, known as the lunar Anthropocene. This is due to the significant changes that humans have already made and plan to make on the lunar surface.

In fact, we intend to further shape the moon’s environment with the help of spacecraft in the years to come.

The researchers argue that it is important to officially recognize these changes to make it clear that the lunar surface is not a static entity and that humanity has substantially altered it.

This argument is presented in a comment article in Nature Geoscience.

The researchers suggest that the new epoch could have begun in 1959 when Russia’s Luna 2 spacecraft made the first-ever landing on the lunar surface.

“The idea is much the same as the discussion of the Anthropocene on Earth – the exploration of how much humans have impacted our planet,” said lead author Justin Holcomb, a geological researcher at the University of Kansas.

“The consensus is on Earth the Anthropocene began at some point in the past, whether hundreds of thousands of years ago or in the 1950s.

“Similarly, on the moon, we argue the Lunar Anthropocene already has commenced, but we want to prevent massive damage or a delay of its recognition until we can measure a significant lunar halo caused by human activities, which would be too late.”

Humanity has left a lot of waste on the moon’s surface, including golf balls, flags, human excrement, and other litter.

Furthermore, people are planning to dig into and potentially inhabit the moon, which will alter its surface.

“Cultural processes are starting to outstrip the natural background of geological processes on the moon,” Holcomb said.

“These processes involve moving sediments, which we refer to as ‘regolith,’ on the moon. Typically, these processes include meteoroid impacts and mass movement events, among others. However, when we consider the impact of rovers, landers, and human movement, they significantly disturb the regolith.

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