50 Years of Lunar Science Since Apollo 11
| By The Cosmos
In this article, Michael Schirber writes on the new lunar exploration projects on the horizon, 50 years after the Apollo mission: “The Apollo 11 mission is remembered primarily as a technological featâ€”epitomized by a first footprint in lunar soilâ€”but it was also a scientific achievement. When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped out of the Eagle Lander on July 20, 1969, they installed several small measuring devices including a seismometer, a solar wind particle collector, and an array of reflectors meant to bounce laser pulses back to Earth. These instrumentsâ€”and others brought by subsequent Apollo missionsâ€”remained on the Moon long after the humans left. They provided a number of key results, such as observing the first moonquakes and measuring the makeup of the lunar interior. â€œThe Apollo scientific legacy has been enormous and underpins much of our understanding of the terrestrial planets,â€ says planetary scientist Ian Crawford from the University of London…” Read more here.