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NASA is returning to the Moon, but first NASA engineers would like to test designs for lunar landers and rovers on genuine lunar soil. Just one problem: There's not enough real moondust to go around. So scientists are making some "true fakes."
Ever since astronauts returned from another world, scientists have been mystified by some of the moon rocks they brought back. Now one of the mysteries has been solved.
According to folklore, every full Moon has a special name. August has the Sturgeon Moon, named after a slimy, primeval fish. Nothing against sturgeon, mind you, but it might be time for a change. How about the X-Moon?
Lunar swirls are strange markings on the Moon that resemble the cream in your coffee -- on a much larger scale. They seem to be curly-cues of pale moondust, twisting and turning across the lunar surface for dozens of miles.
An early, persistent problem noted by Apollo astronauts on the Moon was dust. It got everywhere, including into their lungs. Oddly enough, that may be where future Moon explorers get their next breath of air.
A team of NASA scientists has used a bit of intellectual judo to figure out a way to take advantage of Moon dust grains' electrostatic charge to repel them. In fact, they've come up with a new application of an old idea.
Researchers have discovered something odd about fine-powdered moondust -- it's magnetic. This raises the possibility that magnets could be used for dust abatement when astronauts return to the moon.
After a grueling day climbing the mountains of the moon, astronauts will need a place to kick back and relax. Larry Toups of the Johnson Space Center talks with Astrobiology Magazine about the challenges of designing a dwelling for the future moonwalkers.
Moondust. "I wish I could send you some," says Apollo 17 astronaut Gene Cernan. Just a thimbleful scooped fresh off the lunar surface. "It's amazing stuff." How do you sniff moondust? Every Apollo astronaut did it.
Every lunar morning, when the sun first peeks over the dusty soil of the moon after two weeks of frigid lunar night, a strange storm stirs the surface. The next time you see the moon, trace your finger along the dividing line between lunar night and day. That's where the storm is.
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