White House Increases Budget Ask For 2024 NASA Moon Mission

White House Increases Budget Ask For 2024 NASA Moon Mission

White House Increases Budget Ask For 2024 NASA Moon Mission

NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter recently spotted wrinkles and quakes on the moon, suggesting that our moon is slowly shrinking over time.

Only 12 people - all American men - have walked on the surface of the Moon, as part of the Apollo missions.

Since the Moon's crust is brittle, these forces cause its surface to break as the interior shrinks, resulting in so-called thrust faults, where one section of the crust is pushed up over an adjacent section. In total, those instruments recorded many quakes on the surface of the moon between 1969 and 1977, ranging from two to five on the Richter scale. 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.

As of now, there are thousands of cliff all over the Moon's surface, which are few miles long and several yards high.

Those "moonquakes" ranged from a magnitude to 2 to 5, according to NASA. This data has now been analysed by Watters and his team using an algorithm that can give a much better estimate of the locations of these moonquakes.

From the data analysed and algorithms used, researchers were able to determine eight of the 28 shallow quakes recorded were within 30 kilometres of faults and were visible in lunar images. The crew then superimposed this location information onto the LRO imagery of the thrust faults.

In addition, the new analysis revealed that six of the eight earthquakes occurred when the moon was at its peak or near its peak, the farthest point of the Earth in its orbit.

This accelerated timeline, however will undoubtedly be met with many challenges; just weeks ago NASA said it was on schedule to have humans on the moon by 2028 - a full four years later than the new target.

"The LRO images also show physical evidence of geologically recent fault movement, such as landslides and tumbled boulders". The research was funded by NASAs Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission, launched June 18, 2009.

The researchers believe the quakes are still occurring on the moon, which means that it's actively changing. We haven't visited in person since the last Apollo mission in 1972.

Trump confirmed the news in a Monday tweet, saying his administration was "restoring NASA to greatness" and that "we can return to Space in a BIG WAY!". With a larger network of modern seismometers, we could make huge strides in our understanding of the Moon's geology.

Mr Bridenstine has previously said Mr Trump's desire to put humans back on the moon by the year 2024 would provide an opportunity to test technology and capabilities before carrying out a mission to land on Mars by 2033.

The study is published on May 14 in the journal Nature Geoscience.

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