Lunar Capture

Origins of the Earth's Moon


Tom Powell was born in 1961 in Long Beach, California. His earliest memories are of the Apollo missions to the Moon, which would have a great and lasting impact on his life.

He began studying the mystery of lunar origins some 30 years ago, beginning the research that would lead to the development of his model of modern capture. Through a meticulous examination of the existing literature and by stepping back to follow overlooked threads of evidence, he was able to construct a detailed timeline that demonstrates when and how the current line of thinking on lunar origins went askew.

Powell then went on to design a new theory that resolves long-standing mysteries in the histories of both the Moon and the Earth. The hypothesis presented here is his original model of geo-lunar co-evolution. With its uniquely multidisciplinary nature, it crosses many fields of science, including astronomy, geology, oceanography, physics, astrophysics, geography, and biology.

Portions of the model have been presented at recent conferences including the NASA-sponsored Lunar Planetary Institute (LPI) Workshop on Surface Ages and Histories: Issues in Planetary Chronology conference held in Houston in 2006 and the 2007 Joint Assembly of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) held in Acapulco.

Powell describes himself as a theoretician, lunar historian, or natural philosopher. He is currently writing a book, entitled Moonstruck: One Man’s Search for a New Theory of Lunar Origin, with science writer Caryn Davis.

Tom Powell is the owner of Powell Construction along with his wife Heidi. He is a graduate of Oregon State University and resides in Corvallis, Oregon with his wife and two children.