Astronauts’ Footprints May Have Warmed the Moon

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Astronauts’ Footprints May Have Warmed the Moon

Post by Dragon on Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:10 pm


Something strange happened on the moon during the Apollo missions of the early 1970s.

Probes deployed by the Apollo astronauts revealed that temperatures on the moon’s surface and subsurface were inexplicably rising. Temps kept rising slightly during the six years that the probes were functional. For decades, scientists puzzled over what might have caused this increase in temperature. Could the phenomenon be ascribed to changes in the moon’s orbit? Was the moon being affected by excess radiation coming from Earth?

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Post by Dragon on Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:11 pm


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Apollo 15 Lunar Module Pilot James Irwin salutes the U.S. flag. This photograph was taken by Astronaut David R. Scott, Apollo 15 commander.

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NASA's Apollo 17 astronaut Jack Schmitt is having a few clumsy moments, struggling with his sample collection bag and falling down on the moon.

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On February 5, 1971, two Apollo 14 astronauts landed on the moon! Apollo 14 commander Alan Shepard and the lunar module pilot Edgar Mitchell left their crewmate Stuart Roosa in the command module and descended down to the moon in the lunar module Antares.

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