Poets and authors have descibed the beauty and mystery of the silvery moon. Recent analyses of lunar soil confirms the old suspicons that there is silver on our moon.
The full Moon looks like a round silver ball and a throughout centuries the metal has been connected with our Moon. Traditionally, the pure silvery Moon was linked to the goddess Artemis with her Silver Bow, and the goddess Diana’s images were often cast from silver. Particles from lunar soil samples from the moon’s poles have been analysed, and lunar soil contains a rich and complex mixture of elements and compounds. And there is silver on the moon.
Our moon is our only natural satellite and it is shining only by reflecting light. The moon is a bright object in the night sky but it does not shine on its own. The reflected light from the Sun gives the moon the black, white, and silvery grey tones. The moon is the only astronomical body that humans have been their feet on (apart from the Earth)
The moon is smaller and less massive than the Earth and scientists believe that it was formed as the result of a collision. The Giant Impact or the “Big Whack” happened when Earth collided with an object around 4.6 billion years ago. A rock was shot off Earth’s surface and the moon was formed. Much energy was released as heat and the moon melted and there was a sea of magna or melted rock on the moon. The moon has a crust, mantle, and core. The top layer is a rocky solid, and the many scientists believe that the moon has an iron core.
A rocket has been fired into a crater near the lunar South Pole. Silver, water, and compounds like hydroxyl, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, ammonia, and free sodium have been found among the samples. Gold has been found on the Earth facing side. Sadly, the amount of silver appears to be low, so it is not possible to open silver mines on the moon.