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Lunar Impact Monitoring

Main Project Information
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
Description

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.

Website http://www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/news/lunar/
Required Gear

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)
* Astronomical video camera with adapter to fit telescope (NTSC or PAL, 1/2" detector)
* Digitizer - for digitizing video and creating a 720x480 .avi (segment .avi to files less than 1GB)
* Time encoder/signal (GPS timestamp or WWV audio)
* PC compatible computer with ~500GB free disk space
* Software for detecting flashes

Ideal Age Group Adults
Type of Activity At night
Class Materials N/A
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags Astronomy & Space, Lunar, space, Space
Project Updated 04/21/2017