Science and Sustainability May Clash on the Moon

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Earth’s moon looms. Fifty years after humans first set foot on the lunar surface, multiple nations and for-profit private companies are racing to go back.

For those hoping to put more people on the moon, many plans for future lunar missions hinge on harvesting available resources there. And the most resource-rich target seems to be the moon’s poles, where permanently shadowed craters act as ‘cold traps,’ building up deposits of water ice from billions of years of comet and asteroid impacts’and also a possible active ‘water cycle’ on the moon.

Aeons in the making, those reserves could be truly enormous in size, offering sufficient water ice for astronauts to survive and thrive, enabling a sustained human presence on the moon. Extracted from frosty craters, the ice could be used for manufacturing rocket propellant, fuel cells and radiation shielding’not to mention for producing potable water.

Publisher: Scientific American
Author: Leonard David
Twitter: @sciam
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Not to change the topic here:

How ‘The Twilight Zone’ First Saw Man on the Moon

The very first entry of ‘The Twilight Zone’ uncannily foreshadowed the Apollo 11 moon landing, whose 50th anniversary is next month.

That pilot episode, which aired 60 years ago this fall and sold CBS on the cult series, dealt with the country’s early attempts to hurl humans into the cosmic void, depicting what viewers learn only late in the show is an astronaut trainee who has been in an isolation chamber for nearly three weeks.

‘The Twilight Zone’ ‘ currently in a new incarnation on CBS All Access ‘ debuted after Serling had written many live dramas during the 1950s. Frustrated by repeated censorship by networks and advertisers alike, he turned to science fiction, fantasy and horror allegories. This approach allowed him to tackle vital Cold War issues like conformity, prejudice, suspicion, mechanization, alienation and, of course, the Bomb.

Date: 2019-06-25T19:49:53.000Z
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The NASA Orbiter That Turned Lunar Science On Its Head

Temperature measurements from the Diviner instrument on LRO are vital for assisting in future human exploration as well as determining the composition of the Moon. This temperature map of the Moon’s north pole shows chilly Hermite crater, the coldest-measured spot not just on the Moon, but across the entire solar system.

Launched ten years ago this week, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has virtually revolutionized lunar science. Still operational, it’s paving the way for new human missions to the Moon. Here are a few things that LRO has taught us about our nearest planetary neighbor.

Publisher: Forbes
Date: 2019-06-26
Author: Bruce Dorminey
Twitter: @forbes
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