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When NPR's Robert Krulwich wondered aloud on his blog why Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked such a short distance on the moon—less than 100 yards—he got a surprise reply from none other than Armstrong himself. Among the reasons: NASA wanted them to stay within the range of the camera set up by Armstrong; it was hot—200 degrees Fahrenheit hot—and the astronauts weren't sure how long the coolant in their suits would last; they were too busy with experiments to go strolling.
Krulwich summarizes: "Basically, he says, we were part of a team and we were team players on a perilous, one-of-a-kind journey. Improvisation was not really an option." But he gets the feeling, "reading between the lines," that Armstrong would have loved to play. In fact, Armstrong writes: "I candidly admit that I knowingly and deliberately left the planned working area out of TV coverage to examine and photograph the interior crater walls." See the full post for Armstrong's pitch on why the US should return to the moon.
It was really, really hot on the moon, 200 degrees Fahrenheit. We needed protection. ~ Neil Armstrong
Originally posted by Jason88
My question, I thought space was absolute zero and I know the moon has no atmosphere; why was it so hot?
edit on 9-12-2010 by Jason88 because: formatting
Originally posted by XPLodER
the solar emitions from the sun in direct line of site would cause all sorts of problems
here are some estimites
500-600 degress at earths distence (gets colder the further away you get
5000-6000 degress outside the heliosphere in the "local fluff" (supernova exaust cloud)
100,000-1,000,000 degress outside our galaxy
estimates only as no ones been there
pretty hot place really
Originally posted by backinblack
reply to post by Jason88
No, we only call it the dark side because we never see that side from earth..
It does get as much sun as the side we see...