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Questions tagged [the-moon]

Questions about Earth's Moon. Also for questions about spacecraft, manned missions, potential missions, etc. related to Earth's Moon.

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Do only Eagles walk on the moon?

Neil Armstrong was an Eagle Scout and the first person to walk on the moon. I have heard that everyone who has walked on the moon (through 2012), was an Eagle Scout. Is it true? If so other then ...
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Practical Lunar He-3 mining approach?

There is a lot of popular talk that There may be huge deposits of Helium-3 on the Moon, and It could be used for very efficient fusion reactors. Unfortunately in the bulk of popular talk actual ...
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Would it have been possible to have sent the Space Shuttle around the Moon?

I'm curious about whether or not the Space Shuttle could have been used as a lunar orbit vehicle - basically, would have it been technically capable of getting to the Moon, entering orbit, then ...
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How big of a problem is the Lunar eclipse in April 2014 for LADEE?

I've been watching this NASA ScienceCasts video on YouTube (also published on NASA Science), and towards the end the narrator mentiones the end of life for the LADEE (Lunar Atmosphere and Dust ...
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Would it be practical to use the electrical charge of the Lunar surface as an energy source?

This question discusses the charges that exist on the Lunar surface. Would it be possible or practicable to use the differential between the surface and subsurface or different locations on the ...
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What is the average electrical charge on the lunar surface?

Known facts: The lunar surface is covered by regolith. The Solar wind imparts a charge to the lunar surface Wikipedia says On the daylit side of the Moon, solar ultraviolet and X-ray radiation ...
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Have any missions suffered damage from meteorites whilst on the Lunar surface?

Earth's magnetic field, and atmosphere shield the surface. Space debris that would otherwise cause damage lose a fair amount of mass and velocity in transit through these layers. Luna lacking such ...
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Does China have the most aggressive moon exploration plan as of 2013?

China is launching a rover to the moon this year, with more launches and returning samples coming soon. They also plan to have humans on the moon within the next decade. The Moon offers many ...
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Besides Luna, what celestial bodies exhibit lumpy gravity?

http://www.space.com/21364-moon-gravity-mascons-mystery.html writes to say ...These geologic structures, called mascons (short for mass concentrations), are so dense they alter the moon's ...
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What would be the lightest possible moon launch vehicle?

(Reposting from Physics.Stackexchange, as it is more appropriate here.) Edit: I calculated it, but the results are so big, I'll write it as a small pop-sci article, then will post a summary and the ...
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How was dust-mitigation addressed during the Apollo program?

Dust mitigation in the context of manned landings is now a rather vital topic of research and testing, but back in the days of Apollo it was a fairly new problem. 'Dusty' Gene Cernan inside the LM ...
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How hard is the Lunar surface?

The lunar surface visible to us is mostly regolith - space dust, asteroid remains, and what-not. The true lunar surface is below - at depths ranging from a few inches to a few metres. Given that ...
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What type of onboard radar did the Surveyor landers use?

The Surveyor landers are the second generation of US lunar spacecraft following the Ranger series. They paved the way for the later soft landings of Apollo. What type of onboard radars were used in ...
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Is true that Armstrong was not designated as first to walk on the moon?

A documentary on Apollo program (I can't remember the name at the moment) states that Aldrin and not Armstrong was the first astronaut designated to walk on the moon. But after LEM landed, mission ...
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Can communication satellites be used in lunar orbit?

Because the moon always has the same orientation to earth, if we want to have communications with manned or robotic explorers on the far side some type of relay would be needed for communication. ...
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What type of telescope should I use in order to view the surface of the moon? [closed]

I am wondering what type of telescope I could use to see the surface of the moon. I am fascinated by seeing marks of human feet.
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Have there been any recent lunar rovers?

It seems that most rover-related attention recently has been on Mars, with Curiosity recently getting there. However, it seems there are also benefits to exploring places a little closer to home, ...
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Why are there no video transmissions from the Moon and Mars?

There is one new project, like Google Maps, which would be an online video transmission of the Earth's surface from a satellite: http://www.urthecast.com/ Another good one is a web cam situated on ...
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Why didn't the Apollo 11 lander blow the dust away? (or why does it look like it didn't)

In this picture, we can see the footprints near the Apollo 11 lander. Shouldn't the dust have been blown away when Apollo 11 landed?
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What happens to defunct lunar and Mars rovers? What technological barriers prevent humanity from creating a perpetual rover?

What happens to defunct lunar and Mars rovers? What technological barriers prevent humanity from creating a perpetual rover with sun batteries or nuclear portable reactors for use on Mars, the Moon, ...
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Would geothermal energy be practical on a lunar base?

Given sufficient liquid in the form of water or other suitable medium, would the use of geothermal energy be practical or feasible for powering a lunar colony? Wikipedia (referenced) gives an ...
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Moon Caves spotted?

Have any caves been spotted on the moon, in an area where Astronauts could potentially seek shelter from radiation?
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What is the main problem of Luna's base? Why is there a 3rd generation of orbital bases and no Luna base? [closed]

Orbital stations going to 3rd generation. China starting its own program. Russians MIR (world) was flooded in the ocean. Humanity has lived in space for half of century. But there is still no moon ...
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Cubesats in lunar orbit and beyond - how does communication work?

Somewhere I read that there are serious plans to send a cubesat into lunar orbit. A few years ago, the ISS was also offering a launch opportunity for such a mission. I guess that it was actually ...
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Energy consumption for travelling to the Moon vs. to Mars

I just finished reading Clarke's "Prelude to Space". In chapter XXVII the character Taine gives a talk where he states It sounds paradoxical, but it's easier to make the forty-million-mile journey ...
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What plans are in place or being considered for management of the far side of the moon?

Popular potential uses of the far side of the moon include radio telescopes & mining for Helium-3 (good potential for use as a fuel in fusion reactors). These two activities are not necessarily ...
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Which precious metals have been detected via samples taken from Earth's moon or Mars?

Have any of the rock samples (or meteors from Earth's moon or from Mars) provided a measurable amount of gold, silver, platinum or any other precious metals?
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The upcoming landing of Chang'e 3 on the Moon - Is there detailed information about it anywhere?

China is supposed to land a rover on the Moon soon (2013). This will be the first landing on the Moon from any nation in quiet a few decades - if none of the Google-Lunar-X-Price teams is faster, of ...
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Why did the Russians never land on the Moon?

During space race, the Russians were leading the game until the Gemini program (Gemini 6/7 rendezvous was the overtaking moment in my opinion). I do not know of any Soviet claim similar to Kennedy's ...
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Which artificial satellites in lunar orbit are currently active?

Most of artificial satellites of the Moon has depleted their batteries, lost communication, been deorbited or impacted the surface after orbital decay. The list doesn't exactly make it clear which ...
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Who owns the moon?

I see two parallels to the forthcoming lunar exploration and human colonisation: The influx of Europeans to America in the 17th Century. The division of, and disputes about, ownership of Antarctica. ...
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Is current state-of-the-art additive manufacturing (aka 3D printing) good enough to build parts out of Moon/Mars dust?

Additive manufacturing is currently being proposed as a way to greatly decrease the cost of establishing a permanent (robotic or human) presence on the Moon or Mars by sending only 3D printers to ...
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Could a spacecraft be made out of lunar materials?

Would it be possible to construct a working spacecraft using only materials extracted from the lunar surface? If not, what materials would we have to be ferried from Earth for this purpose?
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Is converting moon dust into oxygen a viable option for sustainability?

On the about page for Project Morpheus, the possibility of converting moon dust into oxygen is mentioned: It was manufactured and assembled at JSC and Armadillo Aerospace. Morpheus is large enough ...