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The Moon ZOO?

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posted on May, 16 2010 @ 03:59 PM
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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.

www.moonzoo.org...

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.

Enjoy.




posted on May, 16 2010 @ 06:00 PM
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So all the years and blood sweat and tears of people that have scoured and found many many artifacts and anomalies - NASA now wants other people to map craters for them? For no return?

NASA you are a JOKE.

Open up and say DISCLOSE.


jra

posted on May, 16 2010 @ 09:34 PM
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Originally posted by watchZEITGEISTnow
NASA now wants other people to map craters for them? For no return?

NASA you are a JOKE.


I'm afraid the jokes on you. The data might come from NASA, but they are not involved in the zooniverse project. Look up the Citizen Science Alliance


Originally posted by
It seems like a pretty neat tool to explore the moon in great detail.


I signed up to it a few days ago and it is kind of neat. You're given a small portion of an image and you basically highlight craters of a certain size, as well as marking other interesting features.

It's worth signing up for. But it can get boring after a little while though, so I just do a few every once and a while.



posted on May, 16 2010 @ 10:21 PM
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I spend about a hour a day marking craters, and other things of interest. Kinda fun really, some of those pics will make you say "what the hell is that!" Great way to look at some moon pics and lend a helping hand at the same time.



posted on May, 16 2010 @ 10:50 PM
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Sweet. I've been a member of the Citizen Sky project for quite some time, Citizen Sky, which is to study the variable star epsilon Aurigae, for a while now. Now I'll have another project to work on


This is why I love amateur astronomy, its one of the few scientific endeavors that an amateur can make a real scientific contribution to.



posted on May, 16 2010 @ 10:54 PM
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Originally posted by watchZEITGEISTnow
So all the years and blood sweat and tears of people that have scoured and found many many artifacts and anomalies - NASA now wants other people to map craters for them? For no return?




They also want us to point out any anomalies we come across...


...I wonder what they'll do with those.



posted on May, 17 2010 @ 09:27 AM
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Well it would seem I'm a bit late to the party. It looks like this is pretty well known already, I hadn't even heard of the other ZOO site's. Hopefully there are others like me that haven't heard of this yet and it will direct them to all the other sites as well.

Thanks to all for the replies.



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