Lunar Capture

Origins of the Earth's Moon


  • Surface dating on Mars will ultimately confirm the young age of the lunar mare.
  • New information on cratering, volcanism, and tidal heating in the solar system will continue to produce findings that are difficult to explain given the currently accepted ancient isotopic age of the lunar mare.
  • Using the parameters of tidal heating and the younger age of the Earth-Moon system, the past orbit of the Moon should become retrievable.
  • Tidal heating would impact the time frame of the Moon’s retreat considerably more than ocean tides currently impact them; an investigation of this should lead to significant progress in finding a solution to the lunar time-scale problem.
  • A model of Permian tidal heating will lead to a better understanding of plate motion and tectonics on Earth in the time since the Permian/Triassic boundary.
  • The multifaceted Permian Extinction should be better understood.
  • The complexity of the Earth’s motion should become better understood and allow for longer projections of orbital motions.
  • The model of intense bombardment (MIB) can finally be laid to rest.
  • Suspending post-Apollo age constraints on mare dating allows us to revisit intriguing questions and perhaps gain new insights into old mysteries surrounding lunar origins.
  • The path on which the pre-Apollo thinkers were progressing, prior to the isotopic dating of the mare, will in retrospect be found to have been the correct path.
  • The evolution of Earth’s atmospheric and climatic situation can be deciphered by a model of Permian tidal heating.
  • The new lunar orbitercamera will reveal many more craters on the lunar mare than expected.