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In 1967, Surveyor 3 landed on the Moon. Two years later, Apollo astronauts visited the little unmanned spacecraft and brought pieces of it home to Earth. Now, a portion of Surveyor's robotic arm, the scoop it used to sample moondust, is teaching researchers some long-lost secrets.
By ROBERT S BOYD Officials say they hope to have a base for astronauts to live in by 2024. WASHINGTON -- NASA is asking private industry to come up with creative ideas for a lunar outpost that can house four astronauts for one to four weeks on the moon starting about 2024.
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-supported scientists have realized that strange things happens every month when the Moon gets a lashing from Earth's magnetic tail.
Moondust is dry, desiccated stuff, and may seem like a dull topic to write about. Indeed, you could search a ton of moondust without finding a single molecule of water, so it could make for a pretty "dry" story. But moondust covers the moon, and that alone makes it interesting.
NASA is preparing to send a small spacecraft to the moon in 2011 to assess the lunar atmosphere and the nature of dust lofted above the surface.
With Americans set to return to the moon, this time for much longer expeditions, the pressure is on to make the journeys safer and more affordable.
Recent radar maps of the Moon's southern pole revealed a dramatic, jagged landscape that astronauts could someday call home. But unfortunately, these radar images didn't provide any new information about something that would make living at the lunar pole much easier: frozen water.