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Boot print from Apollo 11 astronaut (July 20, 1969)

Moon dust (or lunar soil) is the fine regolith found on the surface of the Moon. Its properties can differ significantly from those of terrestrial soil, and is essentially devoid of moisture and air, two important components found in soil on Earth.

Composition

Origin

Age of the Moon

Main Article: Young solar system evidence

The minimal quantify of dust on the moon was once used by young earth creationist as supporting evidence for a young moon. It was argued that based on current measurements of cosmic dust and its estimated rate of accumulation, the moon must be very young. It was also said that before the moon landings, there was considerable fear that astronauts would sink in the dust. The first recorded use of the argument was by Harold Slusher in an article published by the Creation Research Society in 1971.[1]Henry Morris likewise published the moon dust assertion in his book Scientific Creationism in 1974.[2]

However, most creationists now recognize the argument to be outdate and advice against it use.[3] In April, 1993, Dr. Andrew Snelling and David E. Rush published an extensive, in-depth analysis of the issue in the Journal of Creation, 1993.[4] Snelling and Rush, in addition to reviewing data from chemical analyses of deep sea sediments & dust in polar ice and satellite observations, survey the literature on moon dust, providing a thorough assessment of the issue. They conclude:

Calculations show that the amount of meteoritic dust in the surface dust layer, and that which trace element analyses have shown to be in the regolith, is consistent with the current meteoritic dust influx rate operating over the evolutionists’ timescale. While there are some unresolved problems with the evolutionists’ case, the moon dust argument, using uniformitarian assumptions to argue against an old age for the moon and the solar system, should for the present not be used by creationists.[4]

Interestingly enough, the pioneers for the Apollo landing were actually optimistic about the dust on the moon. Only a few scientists were actually concerned about the levels being to dangerous to tread upon. It is now a known fact that the moon has a very thin layer of dust on its surface, however this actually does not prove that it is a young moon. Satellites have measured the accumulation rates of space dust, and surprisingly the rate of accumulation is quite lower than scientists assumed it to be. This does not prove that the moon is a new moon, nor does it disprove it. No scientist could have known the accumulation rate of dust within previous years compared to the current day. There is only one accurate way to have known if the accumulation rates had changed, someone would have actually had to be present during that time. As far as everyone knows, no one could have known this information more than 100 years ago.[5]

Evolutionary view

Evolutionists have stated that the moon is over 4.5 billion years old due to the assumption that the lunar surface contains several layers of dust. Scientists assume the amount of meteor-like dust falling to the earth is following an "evolutionary process." Due to the size of the moon in proportion to the earth, scientists can estimate the amount of dust falling on the moon by observing the rate of dust fall on the earth. This is a flawed process because the outcome of the assumptions led scientists to believe that there should have been around 500 lbs of dust on the moon's surface! In addition, about 5 billion years ago in the early development stages of the moon and earth, several pieces of rocks, meteors, and stellar dust circled the developing bodies in chaos. These particulates created many craters and formations on both the earth and the moon, thus providing evidence for an accumulation of dust. This is also flawed thinking because there were no sources of gravity big enough to cause such meteor storms in the first place. In order to make sense of all the later information, evolutionists theorize that the moon was still molten during this time and thus burned off several layers of its dust. The problem with this theory is: if the moon had craters inflicted upon it, then dust accumulation, and later most of the dust was burnt off, the craters should no longer exist. Another theory suggests that a cloud of vicious meteors grazed over the surface of the moon 500,000,000 years ago and took a toll on its accumulation of dust. The problem with this theory is that the earth would have also been affected by such a cloud, in which all life would have been destroyed. [6]


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References

  1. Some Astronomical Evidences For A Youthful Solar System by Harold S. Slusher, M.S., Creation Research Society Quarterly Volume 8(1) June, 1971.
  2. Morris, Henry. 1974. Scientific Creationism, Green Forest, AR: Master Books, p 152.
  3. Arguments we think creationists should NOT use Creation Ministries International, Accessed May 13, 2010.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Moon dust and the age of the solar system by Dr Andrew A. Snelling and David E. Rush. Journal of Creation 7(1):2–42, April 1993.
  5. Far Out Claims About Astronomy by Don De Young, Answers in Genesis, 2009
  6. Dust on the Moonby Gerardus D. Bouw, Ph.D., The Geocentric Papers, 1993

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