Latest Colonization of the Moon Stories
By Sandi Doughton, Seattle Times Jun. 17--MOSES LAKE SAND DUNES, Grant County -- This patch of desert may resemble the moon, but a team of NASA scientists who came here to test lunar robots, rovers and spacesuits found spring weather in Eastern Washington can be worse than outer space.
The alien and perilous dust on the moon has prompted scientists to ponder lunar health standards that would be set before astronauts go there again. A diverse team that includes flight surgeons, industry air quality experts, toxicologists, lunar geologists, and even an astronaut is examining how harmful lunar dust could be to humans. "Lunar dust is unlike any kind of dust we're used to breathing on Earth," said Noreen Khan-Mayberry, space toxicologist at NASA's Johnson Space...
Lunar dust could be more than a housekeeping issue for astronauts who visit the moon. Their good health may depend on the amount of exposure they have to the tiny particles.
NASA invites people of all ages to join the lunar exploration journey with an opportunity to send their names to the moon aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, spacecraft.
In a car commercial, it would sound odd: active suspension, six-wheel drive with independent steering for each wheel, no doors, no windows, no seats and the only color it comes in is gold. But NASA's latest concept vehicle is meant to go way, way off-road.
While teams of engineers for NASA and its contractors are drawing up plans for a future moon base, other scientists are developing a new wardrobe for spacewalking astronauts -- the first change of garb for the outer space set in three decades.
New research has shown that Earth's magnetosphere actually protects some parts of the Moon from solar storms. The findings could help protect astronauts on future Moon missions.
How do you survive in a remote, mountainous region that has no water or wind and sometimes goes without sunlight for weeks? This is not the premise for a survivalist reality show; it's a question NASA must answer before sending humans to live and work on the moon.
Every September, after the summer rain backs off but before the mornings get too cold, a pack of RATS descends on the desert near Flagstaff, Ariz., to spend two weeks testing technologies that will play a vital role in the future of space exploration.
A new map obtained with SMART-1 data shows the geography and illumination of the lunar north pole. Such maps will be of great use for future lunar explorers.
- A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
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