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'Shrapnel' risk to future Moon missions

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'Shrapnel' risk to future Moon surface missions

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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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

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...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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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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Just wear your Kevlar undies :yes:

Edited by paperdyer

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

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No doubt this information will attract moon landing conspirators.

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