NASA Planning to Land First American Woman on the Moon by 2024

Katie Ramirez
Мая 16, 2019

(Web Desk) - The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) reported that Moon's tectonic plates are causing moonquakes on the lunar surface while it is continuously shrinking after its interior cooled down. Over the last few hundred million years, the surface has contracted about 150 feet.

Reverberations chronicled decades ago by seismometers at Apollo landing site are possibly connected to young faults mapped by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

The moonquakes were recorded by five seismometers that were placed on the Moon's surface during the Apollo 11, 12, 14, 15 and 16 missions.

The lines of the faults appear crisp, says Thomas Watters, a senior scientist at the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies in Washington, DC, who led the team, and they cut across craters that are thought to be less than 50 million years old, so they must be relatively recent. Each of the magnitudes of the 28 moonquakes would register as somewhere between two and five on the Richter scale if they had been carried out on Earth. For example, bright patches of ground have been observed near faults, which appear to be patches of lunar regolith that have yet to be darkened by weathering and radiation.

According to a study published in Nature Geoscience, the Apollo missions observed the quake shocks on the Moon. This creates stair-step cliffs called thrust faults as part of the crust is pushed up and over another close part of the crust.

On the one hand, this timetable seems somewhat rushed, especially considering NASA's commercial partners have been experiencing delays with their crew capsules lately.

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In a teleconference with reporters on Monday evening, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said the budget amendment was a "down payment" on what will be needed in future years to fund the program. A new analysis of the data has tracked eight of the quakes to proposed epicenters near known lunar geological features known as fault scarps.

The Moon isn't the only world in our solar system experiencing some shrinkage with age.

A new study has found the moon may be shrinking - and shaking as it crunches down. "The moon's formation generated a lot of heat, and it has been gradually cooling off ever since". "We must stay the course on this mission and I'm looking forward to working with my colleagues and the Administration to make both the initial and long-term investments necessary to send American astronauts to the Moon and ultimately Mars". This point, which is called apogee, is also the period during which Earth's gravity inflicts the most stress, or tidal pressure, on the Moon's structure.

"Everything that is now making this 2024 possible is because of our Langley team", said Deborah "Debi" Tomek, deputy director of the Space Technology and Exploration Directorate at NASA Langley.

Bridenstine, a former Oklahoma GOP congressman, acknowledged that 2024 was chosen as the deadline in part so that the first human mission to the moon in more than 50 years would come while Trump was still in office. These American astronauts will take a human landing system from the Gateway in lunar orbit, and land on the lunar South Pole. The LROC is managed at Arizona State University in Tempe.

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