Woman on moon will inspire young girls - Nasa chief

Woman on moon will inspire young girls - Nasa chief

In 2010, an analysis of images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) found that the Moon shriveled like a raisin as its interior cooled, leaving behind thousands of cliffs called thrust faults on the lunar surface. This is because, as the moon shrinks, its brittle surface breaks forming "thrust faults".

Over the past several hundred million years, it was found by NASA scientists that the moon reduced its size by 50 meters due to a cooling interior and it's still tectonically active.

NASA posted a video on Twitter showing fault lines on the moon's surface.

Watters and his team analyzed the data of four seismometers placed on the moon by Apollo astronauts using an algorithm, which gave a better estimate of the location of moonquakes.


For the next wave of lunar missions, the space agency wants its moonwalkers to reflect today's astronauts, thus the name of Apollo's sister.

The seismometers recorded 28 moonquakes ranging from 2 to 5 on the Richter scale between 1969 to 1977.

NASA is still working on the Space Launch System as part of its moon ambitions.

A new analysis of Apollo-era quakes on the Moon reveal that our satellite is probably still tectonically active. A bright area on lunar surface indicates that the area is freshly exposed space. Based mostly on the quakes' proximity to the thrust faults, the researchers discovered that a minimum of eight of the shocks seemingly resulted from correct tectonic exercise-the motion of crustal plates-alongside the thrust faults, somewhat than from asteroid impacts or rumblings deep throughout the moon's inside.


This is a view of the Taurus-Littrow valley taken by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. Eight quakes occurred close to faults. The lunar basin Mare Frigoris near the Moon's north pole, one of many vast basins which were considered dead sites from a geological point of view - has been cracking and shifting. We haven't visited in person since the last Apollo mission in 1972. NASA announced earlier this year that it hopes to send astronauts back to the moon in 2024. "Under my Administration, we are restoring NASA to greatness and we are going back to the Moon, then Mars", he said. In addition to these, the new study shows that 6 of the 8 quakes happened when the moon was at or near the apogee.

"It's really remarkable to see how data from almost 50 years ago and from the LRO mission has been combined to advance our understanding of the Moon", LRO Project Scientist John Keller said in a statement, adding that it also guides future missions on the interiors of the moon.

NASA hopes that more exploration of the moon will help the United States establish a strategic presence in space and grow their global partnerships.


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