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Powered Descent
Jul 13, 2008

We haven't had that spirit here since 1969.



The moon is awesome and super cool, and it rocks! In two ways, in fact. Both because it IS rocks (bet you didn't see that pun coming) and because its slightly-elliptical orbit gives it an apparent rocking motion over the course of a month when seen from Earth, called libration.



Share your favorite MOON FACTS in this thread! (Do YOU have a moon? Why or why not?)

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Athanatos
Jun 7, 2006

Laser Rocket Arm


Apollo 14 took 500 tree seeds (Loblolly Pine, Sycamore, Sweetgum, Redwood, and Douglas Fir) to orbit the Moon, then returned them to earth and they are planted various places.

Delta-Wye
Sep 29, 2005

Represent!

ive always thought it was interesting that extremely low orbits would be achievable if the moon wasn't so LUMPY. low lunar orbits are impacted by the moons nonhomogeneous structure with lots of mass concentrations or (MASCONs) perturbing orbits in a very significant way.



yo momma not just fat, she got mystery lumps

Do Not Fear Jazz
Feb 1, 2005

W-WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU DON'T LIKE MY POST?



Powered Descent
Jul 13, 2008

We haven't had that spirit here since 1969.



One of the Apollo astronauts had a mild heart attack while orbiting the Moon. (Even the Earth can't claim any orbital heart attack victims!)

cuntman.net
Mar 1, 2013



Powered Descent posted:

Both because it IS rocks

wrong. its green cheese

Powered Descent
Jul 13, 2008

We haven't had that spirit here since 1969.



cuntman.net posted:

wrong. its green cheese

As demonstrated in this Apollo astronaut video footage:

mediaphage
Mar 22, 2007

Excuse me, pardon me, sheer perfection coming through


i was thinking the other day how it would be great to retire to the moon. easier on aching backs etc.

Honky Dong Country
Feb 11, 2015




drat I didn't know the moon wasn't already in a stable orbit

Greggster
Aug 14, 2010


Would it even be possible to mine He3 with our current technology (let's for arguments sake just say that money is not a problem whatsoever)?

Powered Descent
Jul 13, 2008

We haven't had that spirit here since 1969.



Greggster posted:

Would it even be possible to mine He3 with our current technology (let's for arguments sake just say that money is not a problem whatsoever)?

We could certainly (if money was no object) collect and send back at least small quantities of Helium-3, painstakingly concentrated from the lunar regolith.

The bigger problem is that so far we haven't invented any fusion reactors in which to burn it.

Frances Nurples
May 10, 2008


Delta-Wye posted:

ive always thought it was interesting that extremely low orbits would be achievable if the moon wasn't so LUMPY. low lunar orbits are impacted by the moons nonhomogeneous structure with lots of mass concentrations or (MASCONs) perturbing orbits in a very significant way.



yo momma not just fat, she got mystery lumps

do hose mass concentrations correspond with features, e.g. craters on the surface? what is the why for the moon lumps?

Tacos Al Pastor
Jun 20, 2003


cuntman.net posted:

wrong. its green cheese

Wrong again. Its ribs. Meant to be washed down with an ice cold budweiser.

Tacos Al Pastor fucked around with this message at 21:55 on Feb 23, 2021

Ariong
Jun 25, 2012





FACT: The moon is covered in a substance called "regolith," also known as moon dust. This is because it is hard to get people up there to dust or vaccuum, so it has accumulated a thick layer of it.

FACT: The moon is over 400 years old.

FACT: There is no liquid water on the moon, which means there are no functioning toilets, so be sure to go before you leave Earth.

PittTheElder
Feb 13, 2012

Yes, it's like a lava lamp.



Although it looks reasonably uniform from earth, either light grey or dark grey, the various Apollo astronauts who have seen it up close describe it a variety of different ways, running from pure white, through various greys and browns. It's a simple distinction but I like that it's way more complex when you get close.

Frances Nurples posted:

do hose mass concentrations correspond with features, e.g. craters on the surface? what is the why for the moon lumps?

Not sure about the craters (but my guess is yes), but those are gravity lumps, so it basically has to be big lumps of heavy poo poo (read: metal). Almost certainly space rocks (possibly broken off bits of the earth) with high concentrations of metal that were subsumed into it.

PittTheElder fucked around with this message at 22:35 on Feb 23, 2021

Stanley Tucheetos
May 15, 2012



The moon is the 5th largest satellite in the solar system and the second most dense. Pluto is only about 20% as massive as the moon.

Frances Nurples
May 10, 2008


FACT: The regolith is not a scary monster who put astronauts in danger of being devoured. It's just a bunch of freakin dust. Lame.

HermsgervÝrden
Apr 23, 2004
Møøse Trainer


FACT: the Moon is beautiful

https://twitter.com/cosmosastroart/status/1363591268228624386?s=21

Powered Descent
Jul 13, 2008

We haven't had that spirit here since 1969.



FACT: The Moon smells like burned gunpowder.

When the Apollo moonwalkers came back inside the ship and took off their spacesuit helmets, they all noticed the scent of the moon dust they'd tracked in. Most astronauts thought it smelled like gunpowder; a few thought it smelled more like charcoal, or "fireplace ashes sprinkled with water". In any case, it smells burned. It's speculated that this is because of various compounds in the regolith being exposed to oxygen for the first time ever, and undergoing a reaction that smells a bit like the result of a fire (which is just an energetic oxidation, after all).

Eat My Ghastly Ass
Jul 23, 2007



Powered Descent posted:

FACT: The Moon smells like burned gunpowder.

When the Apollo moonwalkers came back inside the ship and took off their spacesuit helmets, they all noticed the scent of the moon dust they'd tracked in. Most astronauts thought it smelled like gunpowder; a few thought it smelled more like charcoal, or "fireplace ashes sprinkled with water". In any case, it smells burned. It's speculated that this is because of various compounds in the regolith being exposed to oxygen for the first time ever, and undergoing a reaction that smells a bit like the result of a fire (which is just an energetic oxidation, after all).

neat!

OMGVBFLOL
Dec 20, 2003


i got sent to the special school for librating in public

nut
Jul 30, 2019


Why is showing your rear end called mooning? The moon has no crack? Thereís not two moons? Whereís the moons hair?

Weka
May 5, 2019

And if you gaze long into an abyss, you will say `look, no ring.`


Well actually this contradicts itself. Is there liquid water or not, moonbow promoting infographic?

Ariong
Jun 25, 2012





Ah yes, the moonbow. The lunar counterpart to the weather phenomenon we all know as the sunbow.

mediaphage
Mar 22, 2007

Excuse me, pardon me, sheer perfection coming through


Weka posted:

Well actually this contradicts itself. Is there liquid water or not, moonbow promoting infographic?

they're talking about the phenomenon known as a moonbow, which happens on earth, in moonlight. it's a myth that it "only happens" at certain locations. famously, cumberland falls in kentucky likes to tout that fact.

Pimpcasso
Mar 13, 2002

We're still wearing the fucking hats!


The movie moon is good


The actual moon is a big lame rock

The Wiggly Wizard
Aug 21, 2008




I have some questions vis a vis the moon is this the correct thread thanks

Ariong
Jun 25, 2012





FACT: This is the correct thread for moon-related questions.

OMGVBFLOL
Dec 20, 2003


QUESTION: can we tittyfuck the moon

OMGVBFLOL
Dec 20, 2003


FOLLOW UP QUESTION: can we fit all 3,474km of the moon down our throat without gagging

OMGVBFLOL
Dec 20, 2003


FINAL QUESTION: What is the recommended dose of muscle relaxers to take before attempting to "take" the moon

The Wiggly Wizard
Aug 21, 2008




Ariong posted:

FACT: This is the correct thread for moon-related questions.

Ok thanks

Powered Descent
Jul 13, 2008

We haven't had that spirit here since 1969.



Yes. (Just be careful of abrasion, some of those rocks are pointy.)
Yes in theory, but only after extensive orthodontia.
None. YOLO.

The Wiggly Wizard
Aug 21, 2008




What is being done about the lunar Robots?

Eat My Ghastly Ass
Jul 23, 2007



OMGVBFLOL posted:

QUESTION: can we tittyfuck the moon

OMGVBFLOL posted:

FOLLOW UP QUESTION: can we fit all 3,474km of the moon down our throat without gagging

OMGVBFLOL posted:

FINAL QUESTION: What is the recommended dose of muscle relaxers to take before attempting to "take" the moon

same

Ariong
Jun 25, 2012





FACT: Any robots on the moon are merely artifacts from now-completed lunar missions.

FACT: The lunar robots are no longer operational.

FACT: The lunar robots are not capable of self-operation.

FACT: The lunar robots have no concept of abandonment or revenge.

BuckT.Trend
Apr 22, 2003

My god, it's full of stars!


PittTheElder posted:

Although it looks reasonably uniform from earth, either light grey or dark grey, the various Apollo astronauts who have seen it up close describe it a variety of different ways, running from pure white, through various greys and browns. It's a simple distinction but I like that it's way more complex when you get close.

Don't forget orange! Gene Cernan famously got excited seeing orange soil at Shorty Crater during Apollo 17.

Smythe
Oct 12, 2003


no meds = f4


drat thats cool

The Wiggly Wizard
Aug 21, 2008




Ariong posted:

FACT: Any robots on the moon are merely artifacts from now-completed lunar missions.

FACT: The lunar robots are no longer operational.

FACT: The lunar robots are not capable of self-operation.

FACT: The lunar robots have no concept of abandonment or revenge.

that we know of......

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OMGVBFLOL
Dec 20, 2003


Ariong posted:

FACT: Any robots on the moon are merely artifacts from now-completed lunar missions.

FACT: The lunar robots are no longer operational.

FACT: The lunar robots are not capable of self-operation.

FACT: The lunar robots have no concept of abandonment or revenge.

whew, thats a load off my mind

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