Hi there. Just wanted to let you know I’m still working on this project.
Work on the project today:
- It’s good to be back at the project today. I finished the bulk of the Apollo 12 Drive Core Samples page today. There was a lot less chemistry data than I thought there would be. I’ll add to the page as I find more data.
- I started on the other Apollo 12 samples. I used the NASA categories of Basalt, Breccia, and Soil. I’ll post those pages tomorrow.
- I’ve been thinking about all the challenges involved with moving regolith directly from the Lunar surface. Obviously the dust is a huge problem. We’re going to have to find some way to control it or it will eventually destroy the equipment. And it will harm our Homesteaders as well. The hard vacuum, intense radiation, and thermal extremes need to be dealt with also. The abrasiveness of the regolith in general is also a problem as is the electrostatic charges created by the dust and the Lunar terminator. The low gravity means Earth-based designs just won’t cut it. Finally, we’re going to have to use robots to do most of the work as the surface environment is just too dangerous for extended human exposure. That’s a lot of problems that need to be solved, especially since we don’t know a lot about the regolith in general and can’t really simulate the environment here on Earth. It’s got me thinking on how we can eliminate or mitigate these problems so we don’t have to figure out how deal with them.