posted on May, 28 2012 @ 10:15 PM
Originally posted by Bramstone
reply to post by MickeyDee
Hi all, sorry to post hin here as I do not have enough credits to post a new topic yet, so if this is in the wrong place then apologies and I would
appreciate someone putting it in the correct thread or start a new topic on my behalf.
I read on google news the following article this morning. www.guardian.co.uk...
Its all about the google prize to land a robot on the moon, well NASA have suddenly introduced guidelines about places they shouldn't go etc in order
to preserve artefacts etc etc.
This to me sounds a bit odd, why suddenly now are they saying this? Have they got something to hide. Anyway, take a look folks and see what you think.
The answer is right in your post: It's the Google X Prize that prompted these recommendations.
The Apollo landing sites have a historical significance, and NASA feels they should be preserved -- just like other historically significant sites are
preserved on earth, such as the Pyramids or the Roman Colosseum. When the Google Lunar X Prize officially got started at the end of 2010
(registration for the Prize closed on December 31, 2010), NASA saw that there may be rovers driving around near those historical Apollo sites, and
felt the need to write guidelines and recommendations for how they should be preserved. Those recommendations were released in July of 2011 -- i.e.,
they've been published for almost a year (they're not a brand-new thing).
Those recommendations specifically mention the Google Lunar X Prize, and the possibility that there may be robotic rovers sent to the moon by X prize
contestants, as one of the reasons the recommendations were deemed necessary.
The Apollo 11 and Apollo17 sites (being the first and last) are given the most importance in these recommendations, and have a larger area that
robotic rovers should stay clear of. The other Apollo sites have less strict access guidelines. These guidelines in fact encourage detailed
photography of some of the Apollo sites by the Google Lunar X prize robots, or other robots.
Here are those recommendations (link opens directly to a 4.5MB pdf file):
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