Many folks would like to see us back on the Moon and developing its resources.

Friday, July 17, 2009

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has returned its first imagery of Apollo landing sites

We have sent humans to the Moon. Really, we have, trust me, I no lie.
Maybe that isn't good enough and you want me to show you.
Well we are back to the Moon with the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and it is taking pictures.
I know, if you didn't believe me before, you probably won't believe me now either, but will be your loss.
- LRK -


NASA Science News for July 17, 2009
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has returned its first imagery of Apollo landing sites. The pictures show lunar module descent stages, scientific instruments and even 40-year-old foot trails made by astronauts walking across the dusty lunar surface.

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We have shown the below image before a number of times, still, it is worth looking at again.
It would be nice to have a camp out on the Moon and be able to look back at Mother Earth.
- LRK -

Exploring the Moon, Discovering Earth

July 17, 2009: Forty years ago, Apollo astronauts set out on a daring adventure to explore the Moon. They ended up discovering their own planet.
How do you discover Earth . by leaving it? It all started with a single photograph:

Apollo 8 was the first crewed Saturn V launch and the first time humans were placed in lunar orbit. Mission plans called for the astronauts to photograph possible landing sites for future missions. Before this, only robotic probes had taken images of the Moon's far side.

As the astronauts in their spacecraft emerged from behind the Moon, they were surprised and enchanted by an amazing view of Earth rising over the lunar horizon. Bill Anders quickly snapped a picture of the spectacular Earthrise - it was not in the mission script.

His timing could not have been better. It was Christmas Eve, 1968, the close of one of the most turbulent, fractured years in U.S. and world history. The picture offered a much needed new perspective on "home."


If we ever put up stations at the Earth - Moon Lagrangian Points, we will have new views of Earth as well.

And if at L3 or L4 you might even have neighbors nearby that you could borrow some material from.
STEREO Hunts for Remains of an Ancient Planet near Earth

Wouldn't that be interesting?
- LRK -

Geoff passed this reminder.
You are cleared for landing -

Dr. Buzz Aldrin - The Big Event
Apollo 11 pulls off the truly amazing Moon landing. But the crew can't allow themselves to completely feel the moment or experience the weight of history just yet. Dr. Buzz Aldrin explains why.
Credit: IMAGINOVA / Association of Space Explorers

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Larry Kellogg

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Apollo Landing Sites Photographed

July 17, 2009: NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, has returned its first imagery of the Apollo moon landing sites. The pictures show the Apollo missions' lunar module descent stages sitting on the moon's surface, as long shadows from a low sun angle make the modules' locations evident.

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, or LROC, was able to image five of the six Apollo sites, with the remaining Apollo 12 site expected to be photographed in the coming weeks.

Wake up and smell the coffee -- on the Moon!

May 15, 2009: Have you ever wondered how you'd make your morning cup of java if you lived on another planet, or perhaps the moon? That steaming beverage would be a must on a cold lunar morning.

But with rare sunlight, no coal or wood to burn, and no flowing water for hydro-electrical power, how would you make that cup of coffee, much less cook breakfast, heat your abode, and power the life support equipment and tools you needed to live and work up there?

NASA, planning for a future lunar outpost, has been asking those same questions lately.
There's more than one way to generate power on the moon. Fission Surface Power is one of the options NASA is considering. If this method is chosen, an engine invented in the early 1800s by Scottish brothers Robert and James Stirling could help make it work.




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