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The Moon: Look But Don't Touch, Says NASA

From: Terry W. Colvin <fortean1.nul>
Date: Mon, 28 May 2012 09:35:47 +0700 (GMT+07:00)
Archived: Mon, 28 May 2012 07:12:22 -0400
Subject: The Moon: Look But Don't Touch, Says NASA

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Source: TheGuardian.Co.UK

http://tinyurl.com/7knxx7t

Sunday 27 May 2012

The Moon: Look But Don't Touch, Says NASA

The space agency issues guidelines to safeguard the heritage of
lunar exploration, but can it really expect full compliance?

It is, in its way, a giant leap for mankind: NASA has just issued
guidelines for the treatment and protection of historical sites
on the moon, even though nobody has been there for 40 years, and
nobody has plans to visit any time soon. The Acropolis, by
contrast, attracted sightseers for centuries before anyone
thought to make a rule about not chipping off bits and taking
them home.

Such guidelines may seem a bit hypocritical - if you really cared
about something, you wouldn't leave it on the moon - but NASA was
prompted to act by the race to land a robot on the lunar surface:
26 privately funded teams are vying to claim the Google Lunar X
prize, worth $20m (=C2=A313m).

NASA is proposing to keep the robots out of certain exclusion
zones in order to preserve artefacts including hardware from
Apollo lunar modules, wire-stiffened US flags, astronaut
footprints and ongoing moon experiments. But if it expects full
compliance, it really should just put up a sign: "Welcome to the
Moon. Please Don't Touch Anything."

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Terry W. Colvin
Ladphrao (Bangkok), Thailand
Pran Buri (Hua Hin), Thailand
http://terrycolvin.freewebsites.com/
[Terry's Fortean & "Work" itty-bitty site]




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