Nitrogen on the Moon: What does it tell us?

Citation
T. Owen et al., Nitrogen on the Moon: What does it tell us?, EARTH MOON, 85-6, 2001, pp. 343-350
Citations number
32
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Space Sciences
Journal title
EARTH MOON AND PLANETS
ISSN journal
0167-9295 → ACNP
Volume
85-6
Year of publication
2001
Pages
343 - 350
Database
ISI
SICI code
0167-9295(2001)85-6:<343:NOTMWD>2.0.ZU;2-7
Abstract
The lunar regolith contains gases that have been implanted in its grains by the solar wind. These gases include nitrogen, and measurements of N-15/N-1 4 in lunar soils have revealed puzzling temporal variations. These variatio ns have frustrated attempts to determine the value of N-15/N-14 in proto-so lar nitrogen. A new measurement of this important isotope ratio on Jupiter allows us to clarify the lunar problems and to establish relationships amon g nitrogen reservoirs in the solar system and the galaxy.