Lunar Impact Monitoring
|Goal||Monitor the rates and sizes of meteoroids striking the moon|
|Task||Observe the moon with a telescope and video camera|
|Where||Global, anywhere on the planet|
NASA needs your help to monitor the rates and sizes of large meteoroids striking the moon's dark side. By monitoring the moon for impacts, NASA can define the meteoroid environment and identify the risks that meteors pose to future lunar exploration. This data will help engineers design lunar spacecraft, habitats, vehicles, and extra-vehicular activity suits to protect human explorers from the stresses of the lunar environment.
|How to Join||
Please provide impact flash observations that include the date, time, location of observatory, and location of the impact on the moon to NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office at the email address listed under “Contact Us” at the website http://www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/news/lunar/index.html.
The following FAQ provides detailed information on how to make and record observations: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/pdf/166651main_FAQ2.pdf.
NASA's Minimum System Requirements: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/pdf/166643main_MinimumSystemRequirements4.pdf.
* 8" telescope (~1m effective focal length, equatorial mount or derotator, tracking at lunar rate)
|Ideal Age Group||Adults|
|Type of Activity||At night|
|Tags||Astronomy & Space, Lunar, space, Space|
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