The Moon

Is a Spacesuit Needed to Walk on the Surface of the Moon?

Astronaut on Moon

Most people accept the fact that humans have not only reached the surface of the moon, but have walked on it.  In all of the pictures from that historic moonwalk, the astronauts are wearing protective spacesuits.  Due to the harsh and mysterious environments the astronauts would come into contact with while traveling to and walking on the moon, the need for such protective equipment is no surprise.  Yet, if humans were to colonize the moon, and the protective clothing would be much less necessary in their day-to-day lives, would those spacesuits still be necessary?

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Freedom to Explore the Moon: The Outer Space Treaty

USA Flag on the Moon

Back in 1969, the United States was the first country on Earth to successfully send humans to the Moon.  I am sure many of you are familiar with the image of an American Flag on the moon, planted there by the Apollo 11 astronauts that first walked on it.  However, despite the symbolic ownership that this flag places on the moon, did you know that there is actually a treaty in existence that guarantees the freedom for any country to explore the moon?

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2010 Winter Solstice Total Lunar Eclipse Review and Pictures

Lunar Eclipse 2010

Photo Credit: Candace 12-21-10

The 2010 Winter Solstice Total Lunar Eclipse is over and I’m sure we’re all recovering from a serious lack of sleep!   What a night!  The above photo was submitted by Candace who says she used a Canon Rebel T2i without a telephoto lens to capture the event.  As you can see, the moon is completely in the Earth’s shadow – or umbra – and is displaying the characteristic red-orange hue.  Thanks for the picture!

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Total Lunar Eclipse of December 21, 2010

Total Lunar Eclipse

Near Total Lunar Eclipse

If you live in North America, you will have a great opportunity to see a total lunar eclipse on December 21, 2010.   So get the coffee ready and plan on pulling an all nighter because you won’t want to miss this one!

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What Mineral Resources Can Be Found on the Moon?

Moon Mineral Resources

The Moon: Earth's next source of mineral resources?

Landing on the moon is one of the greatest accomplishments that humans have achieved. The fact that we were able to land on an object that is separated from our planet by thousands of miles of empty space is astonishing. However, instead of merely being a place to set foot on, is it possible that the moon can be a useful mineral resource for us? What exactly is the moon made out of, anyway?
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