Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on November 6, 1969 · Page 19
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 19

Phoenix, Arizona
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Thursday, November 6, 1969
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ASU scientist says CITY f 3 * Phoenix, Thors., Nov. 6, 1969 O The Arizona Republic A-8 Moon shrinking, not enlarging fey CLARENCE W. BAILEV Republic Science Writer -^- A lunar soil expert at Arizona State UriiVef sity declared yesterday that the moon is ''growing smaller, not larger, a? scientists have long believed. * The assertion came from Dr. Carleton B. Moore, director of the ASU center for meteorite studies and a principal lunar soil investigator in the National Areonautics and Space Administration's Apollo moon program. Dr. Moore said he had not calculated the rate at which the moon was shrinking nor ' how long it might t,ake for it to disappear ; entirely. Speaking 1 td an ASU geology colloquium, . Dr. Moore said there are two main reasons ' for his belief the moon is shrinking: ; — Chemical analysis of its soil, he said, shows that the moon is not accumulating ' meteorites the supposed source of the •moon's assumed gradual growth. Dr. Moore explained /that meteorites are rich in nickel, cobalt anjl carbon compounds and that calculations show the quantities of .these chemicals in. lunar soil is far below what would be found if meteor ities hit and, stuck. i .' ' — A second reason, he said, \yas the presence of evidence that the existing material on the moon is constantly being vaporized by the intense heat generated when meteorites strike the lunar surface. Dr. Moore said , the evidence of vaporization is two-fold — ; tiny glass-like beads peppered throughout the moon's fine dust, and small crater-like pits of the kind that a fast-moving meteorite would make when it impacts with blazing heat. A factor contributing to the loss of vaporized rock into space might be the moon's relatively weak gravitational force, he added. The ASU meteorite and lunar soil expert listed a number of other scientific facts gleaned from the lunar samples brought back from the first manned flight there in July: — The moon is very old; at least three billion years and, maybe, even older, Dr. Moore said. This would indicate that the moon was formed at the same time as our solar system, including the earth. — Hardly any organic material has been discovered in lunar soil samples, a disappointment to scientists who hoped to find somfe indication that life may have existed on the moon or that the moon may have come originally from the earth. — Lunar soil contains substantially more titanium than does earth soil, Dr. Moore said. No clear hypothesis to explain this disparity has yet been formed. Dr. Moore, one of a number of scientists selected to study lunar samples brought back by Apollo 11, disclosed yesterday that he has been selected to be one of the very few sicentists that will make up the lunar sample receiving team that will look first at materials brought back on the Apollo 12 filght, set to blast off Wednesday. Police warn of auto thefts at State Fair One of the fastest - moving activities at the Arizona State Fair is thievery of and from automobiles, police warned yesterday. Twenty-three vehicles have been reported burglarized and 11 cars have been stolen from the area of the fair- gound since the fair began Friday, police said. Car stereo's, along with spare tires, are the most popular objects/for car prowlers, Lt. David Haynes reported. Police noted that seven of the 11 cars were stolen last Sunday and said] they expected another surge in car prowling this weekend. •Assistant Chief Richard Newton .advised fair. visitors to- make every attempt to park on the 'lairgound's two pay parking lots. He acknowledged that these lots have often been full and that some visitors have parked as far from the fair as the Encanto Park band shell parking lot. Moon rocks to be shown at State Fair Moon rocks and soil obtained from the Apollo 11 mission last summer will be on display at the State Fair from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow through Sunday. Fair officials said it will be the first time the moon samples have been displayed at any fair in the world. The display will be situated in the .north exhibit hall of the coliseum, in the Arizona State University booth. Diamond's stores to open Sundays The Valley's three Diamond's department stores will open on Sundays beginning Sunday and continuing through December 28. Glenn Johnson, president, said the firm's Thomas Mall, Park Central and Tri-City Mall stores will be open from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sundays, utilizing volunteers from the stores' regular staffs and part- time personnel. Water Users budget rises A $18.2 million budget has been adopted by the Salt River Valley Water Users Association, representing a $2.8 million increase from last year's budget. According to Victor I. Corbell, president of Salt River Project, the major allocations are nearly $12.5 million for water system operation and maintenance, an increase of $2 million from last year, and $5.1 million for water system construction, up $1.1 million. The total SRP budget for 1970 is more than $118 million, including approximately $100 million approved last month for the project's electric construction, operation and maintenance, and debt service and repayment. CAR CLUB TO MEET The Four Cylinder Club of America will hold its annual banquet at 8 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Islands Restaurant, 4839 N. Seventh St. 5 drunken driving arrests in 8 months PEORIA — .A motorist arrested five times for drunken driving in less than eight months — the last two times while driving with a suspended and then » revoked license — was being held yesterday bjr Peoria police. "> .The latest arrest of Rudolph Vastlik Jr., 45, of 6338 'Grand, Ws second drunken driving Arrest in a month here, cajne last Monday, po- l(ee said, . A J. .Downs of the Arizona '^otor Vehicle Division indicated/ that Vastlik's arrest pbrbUms began when he paid a' $lio fine for a March 16 drunken driving charge in Glendale. As a result of that conviction, his license was suspended effective Sept. 8, 1969, to March 8, 1970, Downs added. Downs said MVD records indicate that Vastlik was arrested the second time for drunken, driving on May 4 by Phoenix officers, and he paid a $165 fine. He then was arrested in Glendale on July 16 on a third similar charge and subsequently paid a $165 fine. Vastlik was arrested a fourth time in Peoria Oct. 11 and fined $630 for drunken driving, reckless driving and driving with suspended li- cense. Police Chief L.H. Johnson said Vastlik served the mandatory 10 days sentence and paid the $630. Vastlik, a salesman, pleaded innocent to last Monday's charge. However, he was unable to post $780 bond and remained in jail, police said. His driver's license was revoked Tuesday on the basis of final court disposition of the May and July drunken driving cases made in September, Downs said. "How can you make a driver with a revoked or suspended license stay out of a car?" wondered Chief of Police Johnson. FIT TO BE TIED 100% polyester in bold clear colors . frothed with a drape of scarf. Washable as anything . . . never needs ironing. Left, the dramatic long scarf on black, navy, red, green. 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