Life on Earth is at least 3.5 billion years old, judging by the earliest known fossils of microorganisms. But how living creatures emerged on our home world, the only place in the universe where we know life exists, is one of the most tantalizing unsolved mysteries in science.
A mountain on the Moon could shed light on this important question, according to a forthcoming study in the journal JGR Planets. A robotic or human mission to the 250-meter-high peak, located in an ancient impact basin called Mare Crisium, would help scientists reconstruct key details about Earth’s first billion years, including the advent of Earthlings, the authors said.
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