Exploring the Moon Term Paper by Rifkhan

Exploring the Moon
A review of moon missions and the future of lunar exploration.
# 153727 | 1,833 words | 20 sources | APA | 2013 | SA
Published on Nov 20, 2013 in Astronomy (Space Exploration)

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This paper explores facts about the Apollo, Luna, Clementine and Prospector moon missions, and discusses the techniques used to study the moon. The paper considers the future of lunar exploration and looks at how available data and equipment can be used to solve the 'lunar mysteries' that have troubled intellectual thinkers for centuries. The paper concludes by asserting that the protection of the lunar environment is vital and should always be an integral part of any decision-making process with regard to future lunar expeditions or ultimate colonization.

Current Lunar Knowledge - Origin of the Moon
Lunar Facts of the Apollo, Luna, Clementine and Prospector Moon Missions
Remote Sensing - A Widely Used Technique for Studying the Moon
Future Research to Increase Knowledge of the Moon and Solve 'Lunar Mysteries'

From the Paper:

"'The Eagle has landed!' announced the first man to set foot on the Moon, as Apollo 11 touched down on the Sea of Tranquility on the 20th of July, 1969 (Vertesi, 2004). Since Neil Alden Armstrong first set foot on the Moon, a great deal of research, effort and massive sums of money have been injected into many Moon exploration programs which include the Apollo, Clementine, and Prospector moon program by NASA and the Luna moon missions by the Soviet space program. These missions to the Moon have provided some evidence on the origin and evolution of our nearest neighbor, the Moon. Strange theories were laid down in the past, in order to account for the evolution of our natural satellite. These theories were deemed futile and rejected after informative and convincing data were obtained from lunar samples that returned from the space missions. We now comprehend that, this object we are looking at, is an ancient object whose surface has barely changed over the past 3.5 billion years and a lot of research needs to put into it to reveal its inner secrets (Taylor et al. 2006)."

Sample of Sources Used:

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