Well I am happy to say I am bringing the science back! I've blogged about the moon. Shared my daydreams about the moon. Now I am going to do more than look for Selenites.
The aim of Moon Zoo is to provide detailed crater counts for as much as the Moon's surface as possible. Unlike here on Earth where weather quickly erodes any signs of all but the most recent impacts, craters on the lunar surface stay almost until eternity. That means that the number of craters on a particular piece of the surface tells us how old it is. This technique is used all over the Solar System, but the Moon is particularly important because we have ground truth — samples brought back by the Apollo missions — which allow us to calibrate our estimates. Planetary scientists have always carried out this kind of analysis on large scales, but with your help and the fabulous LRO images then we should be able to uncover the finer details of the Moon's history.
This is unprecidented! I have already regestered!
Additionally on the exploration front...
NASA has a program called Analogs which tests proposed equipment in extreme environments. One of these projects is called NEEMO or the NASA Extreme Environment Missions Operation project in conjunction with the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric center.
They operate out of the only undersea laboratory left in the world, the Aquarius, in the Florida Keys. It’s kind of a scientific time share with the U.S. Navy and other communities.
I being a big fan of the sea and the stars have been following every NEEMO mission for the past few years and the point of this is to wish the new crew of NEEMO 14 the best of fun and good science over the next two weeks!