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The Internal Structure of the Moon and the Terrestrial Planets


The known internal structure of the Earth is the logical starting point for discussions of the terrestrial planets and the Moon. Until we have direct data, the most reasonable assumption regarding these bodies is that they are similar in composition to the Earth.

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No copyright. The thermal history models in this paper were computed by Dr. Robert A. Phinney. They form part of a more complete study of thermal history entitled "Internal Temperatures of the Moon" in preparation by R. A. Phinney and Don L. Anderson. We are grateful to Dr. Phinney for permission to use these calculations in advance of publication.

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