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Why do the boot prints on the moon appear bright in some photographs or film?

If you take a good look at contrast between the boot print and the unaffected/untouched dust on the lunar surface the unaffected/untouched dust is loose, undulating and has a matt (or matte, in some ...
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Why do the boot prints on the moon appear bright in some photographs or film?

Reflection Yes, as Fred points out, the boot prints act like crude mirrors. If you shine a flashlight at a mirror in a random direction, and place yourself at another random direction, the mirror will ...
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Why do the boot prints on the moon appear bright in some photographs or film?

Answer: Levitating Moon Dust and a walking capacitor. Previously submitted answers explain the brightness of footprints as specular (mirror-like) reflection, This begs the question of how a bootprint ...
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Perseverance individual sample collection post-mission; what stops them from blowing away or getting covered and hidden by dust?

Quite a lot to unpack here as several topics are brought up, but the answers are pretty interesting: It might take centuries for dust to cover up the sample tubes Martian dust storms are not as bad ...
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Articulable/tilt-able solar panels planned for, or already tried on Mars or the Moon to get rid of deadly dust accumulation on solar panels?

In short, for past missions NASA has said no, it was not a priority consideration. In the future, this may change and it is being considered. In EXPLORING MARS WITH SOLAR-POWERED ROVERS .. there has ...
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