posted on May, 16 2010 @ 03:59 PM
The Moon ZOO?
From website: What do we want to know?
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.
Craters can tell us more than just the history of the lunar surface though. In particular, you're asked in Moon Zoo to look for craters with
boulders around the rim. Boulders are a sign that the impact was powerful enough that it excavated rock from beneath the regolith (the lunar 'soil')
and so by keeping an eye out for these we can begin to map the depth of the regolith across the surface of the Moon.
Of course, in exploring the lunar surface who knows what else you might find. We very much hope that Moon Zoo will lead to the discovery of many
unusual features — so please dive in and enjoy a view of the Moon that even Apollo astronauts would enjoy.
Sorry no moon lions behind cages here. Just a cool site I heard about on the radio today.
I haven't seen anything on ATS about this new web site so I thought I would bring it up.
It seems like a pretty neat tool to explore the moon in great detail.