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'Shrapnel' risk to future Moon missions

moon meteorites impacts lunar reconnaissance orbiter

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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 20 March 2014 - 12:17 AM

'Shrapnel' risk to future Moon surface missions


www.bbc.co.uk said:

The "shrapnel" generated by small space rocks that periodically hit the Moon may pose a larger risk to lunar missions than was previously believed.

A number of countries and private consortia have stated their plans to send robotic and crewed missions to the lunar surface in the coming decades.

A relatively small impact on the Moon last year hurled hundreds of pieces of rocky debris out of the crater.

Many were travelling at the speed of a shotgun blast.

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 11:40 AM

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Future astronauts landing on the Moon may be at risk from an entirely unexpected source of danger.

...and previous missions where not?

Looks like we got lucky so far with the astronauts (maybe not with the equipment though).

Edited by Junior Chubb, 24 March 2014 - 11:50 AM.

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 01:21 PM

View PostJunior Chubb, on 24 March 2014 - 11:40 AM, said:

...and previous missions where not?
Previous manned missions spent only hours on the Moon (75 hours for Apollo 17, the longest to date). In the future we will build bases there so quite obviously the risk will be considerably greater.

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 02:01 PM

View PostWaspie_Dwarf, on 24 March 2014 - 01:21 PM, said:

Previous manned missions spent only hours on the Moon (75 hours for Apollo 17, the longest to date). In the future we will build bases there so quite obviously the risk will be considerably greater.

Best to say inside them then ;)

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 04:30 PM

Just wear your Kevlar undies :yes:

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Posted 25 March 2014 - 02:48 AM

This just in, Nasa has watched the movie Gravity starring Sandra Bullok and George Clooney.


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Posted 25 March 2014 - 11:54 AM

No doubt this information will attract moon landing conspirators.

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