Don't you dare bring that lunar dust into my house young man!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Transcript

It gets in your shoes, in your eyes, and your mouth and your hair and don’t get me started on when it gets in your space capsule. We're talking about lunar dust and any astronaut who has been to the moon will tell you: it sticks to everything. This incredibly stickiness is a hindrance to equipment and space armor and until now no one knew why. Now as NASA says it wants to make another lunar visit a priority, the solution may be at hand. Just yesterday details of a new study by Australian scientist Brian O’Brien came out giving some new facts on moon dust.

Joining The Takeaway to help us understand the sticky situation is Miles O'Brien, longtime intergalactic reporter, joins us to tell us all about it and everything else going on in outer space.

Guests:

Miles O'Brien

Hosted by:

Katherine Lanpher and Todd Zwillich

Contributors:

David J Fazekas

Comments [1]

Mark Brown

Here's a new take-away:

Let's not make the same misteak that we made in the 1960's. Scientists had a debate whether to do a "lunar insertion" orbit, or a "earth insertion" orbit to get to the moon in 1969.

Moon insertion orbit won out, and it took us another 30 years to get a permanent space station in the location for the earth insertion orbit.

This means... that we were delayed by 30 years because of the decision to NOT delay the moon landing by about 4 years to get a space station working in the late 60's.

SO, on to mars, via the space station.
And a shout out to the Colbert exercise equipment on the station.

Apr. 24 2009 10:04 AM

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