To provide an end-to-end illustration of how CODEX analysis of granites can address critical lunar science questions regarding rock age and composition in situ, we describe an example mission to the lunar Gruithuisen Domes. Gruithuisen Domes appear to be volcanic edifices of granitic composition. Though orbital remote sensing suggests that granitic rocks represent only a small fraction of the lunar surface, the mere fact of their existence on the Moon is a puzzle. CODEX determination of the timing and process of their formation, both presently ill-understood, would provide important constraints on the thermal and geochemical evolution of the lunar interior.
|Journal||The Planetary Science Journal|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 13 Apr 2023|
- Boulder Creek Granite
- Pikes Peak Granite
- In-Situ Chronology