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In the 1960s and 1970s, the Apollo Moon Program struggled with a minuscule, yet formidable enemy: sticky lunar dust. Four decades later, a new study reveals that forces compelling lunar dust to cling to surfaces â€” ruining scientific experiments and endangering astronauts' health â€”change during the lunar day with the elevation of the sun.
The flight computer onboard the Lunar Excursion Module, which landed on the Moon during the Apollo program, had a whopping 4 kilobytes of RAM and a 74 KB "hard drive." In places, the craft's outer skin was as thin as two sheets of aluminum foil.
GREENBELT, Md., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Lunar Science Institute selected a proposal to investigate the sun's influence on the moon submitted by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
Sledgehammer-toting scientists are "bustin' rocks" to make the finest possible simulated lunar regolith (a.k.a. fake moondust) in support of NASA's return to the Moon.
NASA has concluded nearly two weeks of testing equipment and lunar rover concepts on Hawaii's volcanic soil.
A new NASA contest challenges college-level students to design tools or instrument packages that could be used on the next generation of human-driven moon rovers.
The Apollo Moon missions of 1969-1972 all share a dirty secret. â€œThe major issue the Apollo astronauts pointed out was dust, dust, dust,â€ says Professor Larry Taylor, Director of the Planetary Geosciences Institute at the University of Tennessee.
NASA scientists and contractors have been spending time running tests in a simulated environment located in Moses Lake, Wash. that they believe resembles the conditions on the surface of the moon.
Mix moondust with epoxy, add a dash of carbon nanotubes, and spin. The result? A parabolic mirror perfectly suited for a lunar observatory.
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.