Discussion in 'Science, Tech, & Space Exploration' started by Toroid, May 15, 2019.
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NASA to open Moon rock samples sealed for 50 years
When I was about 7 years old there was a gumball machine at the local supermarket checkout that sold white rocks with luminous powder on them as moon rocks "straight from the moon" for 10 cents. I honestly thought I had bought a moon rock. Of course back then the moon and astronauts were all the rage.
Apollo 11 & Luna 15 went to the moon at the same time.
Luna 15 - Wikipedia
What amazes me is that the Soviet Union had a space shuttle program that was only a few years behind the US: Buran (spacecraft) - Wikipedia
They produced one shuttle that carried out a successful unmanned flight. It was never used again after that, however, and it sat for years in a nearly abandoned hanger. One day the roof of the poorly maintained hanger collapsed on top of the craft, destroying it and killing several workers. Very sad.
I had a moon rock for a bit. No Lie. ya see i live in Shawnee OK ,home of Gordon Cooper, his aunt lived 2 house down from me as a kid. and she invited me one day. She had all sorts of things of his she said he wanted to keep that he felt safe with it there. she had this blue container that had moon rock in it she said and she gave it to me. It had the weirdest smell. i went home to show my dad, he was in the back yard and when i showed him he said foolish lady and threw it down a dirt alley. i was so pissed. i searched for months for it amongst all the other rocks on the road, just a little bit of rotten luck that i have had.
Can you describe the smell or compare it to something earthly? I saw a program that described how the astronaut's suits would sustain damage by moon dust almost like volcano ash effecting lung tissue. I pondered if it could be nanotech to defend the moon from intruders.
The smell couldve been from the plastic container that it was in (( a 5inch round 6inch tall light blue with white top and it had all the Apollo missions around it)i havent seen another like it), and it was 40+ years ago. spent gunpowder is not what i remember it being like though.
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