|Evolution in the News - November 2017|
|by Do-While Jones|
Oxygen “from the Earth to the Moon.”
People who don’t believe everything scientists say are labeled, “science deniers.” But when scientists make crazy claims, how can one help but deny that what the scientist has said is really science?
A Japanese spacecraft orbiting the moon recently made a surprising find: oxygen that came from Earth. Scientists think this oxygen could provide a historical record of our planet's ancient atmosphere. … The discovery of terrestrial oxygen on the moon now suggests another way to get at the atmospheric history of Earth's first two billion years. … A team led by planetary scientist Kentaro Terada of Osaka University in Japan reported the result earlier this year in Nature Astronomy. “Our new finding is a direct link that ions from Earth's atmosphere are transported to the moon,” where they could remain in the lunar soils for billions of years, Terada says.
This result excites scientists interested in a transition coinciding with the beginnings of photosynthesis in simple microbes, the planet's primeval life-forms. Somewhere around 2.45 billion years ago Earth's atmosphere changed from oxygen-poor to oxygen-rich under still mysterious circumstances that scientists call the Great Oxidation Event. Could some of the atmospheric oxygen produced at that time linger on the moon today? If scientists can collect and analyze samples of the terrestrial oxygen embedded in lunar soil, it could provide insights into how Earth's atmosphere has evolved over the eons. 1
The article explains how,
The moon is constantly bombarded by a stream of highly charged particles emanating from the sun, called the solar wind. But for five days about every month our lunar neighbor is shielded by Earth's magnetosphere—a bubblelike [sic] region where the planet's magnetic field dominates. During this time, a window opens for slower oxygen ions from Earth to arrive at the moon. 1
What more proof could you need that the oxygen came from Earth? Perhaps, if they examined the oxygen atoms more closely, they could find a label from a tailor shop in Brooklyn (the one where the Emperor’s New Clothes were made).
The story is so ridiculous we feel foolish refuting it. A spacecraft orbiting the Moon looked down and saw oxygen in the lunar soil that looks like it came from Earth. Really? They think that if they could just bring back samples to Earth, they could analyze them and figure out what caused the Great Oxidation Event! Go ahead and call us “science deniers” because we really do deny their claim is real science!
Since they brought it up, let’s briefly mention The Great Oxidation Event. Evolutionists believe (quite correctly) that life could not possibly have originated in the presence of oxygen. Therefore, they are forced to believe that, once-upon-a-time, Earth had no free oxygen in the atmosphere.
Now, of course, life depends upon oxygen, and 20% of the atmosphere is oxygen. When and where did it come from? Evolutionists really have no clue, but they assume there must have been some mysterious Great Oxidation Event about 2.45 billion years ago which caused the rise of oxygen in the atmosphere. Perhaps the most common explanation is that algae in the ocean separated carbon dioxide into carbon and oxygen. You ask, “Where did the carbon dioxide come from?” It must have come from oxygen in the atmosphere which combined with carbon (as a result of forest fires, animal respiration, and gas-guzzling vehicles ) just like it does today. But wait—there wasn’t any oxygen in the atmosphere to begin with, and there weren’t any trees to burn, and no breathing animals, and no evil men polluting the planet back then. So, where did the carbon dioxide come from?
We are just joking, treating The Great Oxidation Event with all the seriousness it deserves. The truth is that scientists make up fanciful stories to explain the unexplainable, and expect those stories to be believed by people they think are too stupid to question them.
Real science doesn’t depend upon unverifiable stories about what happened in the unobserved past, fortified by intellectual bullying. Real science uses repeatable experiments to determine the truth.
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Saswato R. Das, Scientific American, August 29, 2017, “Newfound Material on the Moon Could Offer Clues to Our Planet's Early Years”, https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/newfound-material-on-the-moon-could-offer-clues-to-our-planets-early-years/