What is it about?

This work discusses about the integrated identification and characterization of minerals on Earth and the Moon. The Apollo samples repository and few rock samples from the field visits are used. The optical range, infrared, and Raman spectra for both surfaces are discussed. This work gives an idea about comparative analysis of habitable and non-habitable planets in the solar system.

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Our findings show that Lunar materials like breccia and KREEP can have the properties similar to rocks found in Rajasthan, India. However, this study also provides a nice platform for more integrated spectroscopic and chemical studies.


This article summarizes the mineralogy of Earth and moon at the same place. This work can be a good initial platform for new researchers and students in the Earth and planetary sciences.

Prateek Tripathi
Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

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This page is a summary of: Integration of Raman, emission, and reflectance spectroscopy for earth and lunar mineralogy, Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, July 2021, SPIE, DOI: 10.1117/1.jrs.15.036502.
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