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A set of original NASA data tapes from moon landings in the 1960s now held in Western Australia may hold the keys to overcoming problems associated with the effects of lunar dust on future moon missions.
The 177 original (or primary) data tapes - most likely the only tapes of their kind in the world - contain the results of experiments using dust detectors on the surface of the moon by Apollo 11, 12 and 14 astronauts. They have been recently supplemented by secondary data from Apollo 12, 14 and 15 missions.
To make matters worse, lunar dust suffers from a terrible case of static cling. UV rays drive electrons out of lunar dust by day, while the solar wind bombards it with electrons by night. Cleaning the resulting charged particles with wet-wipes only makes them cling harder to camera lenses and helmet visors. Mian Abbas of the National Space Science and Technology Center in Huntsville, Alabama, will discuss electrostatic charging on the moon and how dust circulates in lunar skies.
What has been noted so far is it seems the ''electro-static'' dust seems to more dangerous or ''sticky '' during the Lunar day and at it's worst at Lunar miday.
Armstrong: I'm at the foot of the ladder. The LM footpads are only depressed in the surface about 1 or 2 inches, although the surface appears to be very, very fine grained, as you get close to it. It's almost like a powder. (The) ground mass is very fine. (Pause)
Yes the dust and regolith are both nasty.
Originally posted by Havick007
In regard to the IBM magnetic tape reader - if anyone has a working IBM 726 ( see link ) handy i am sure NASA would be greatfull
So the dust accumulation proved to be much lower than expected. What else do you want to know and why do we need to read the tapes?
The Lunar Dust Detector studied the effects of lunar dust on the operation of the experiment package.
Prior to the Apollo landings, it was thought that there would be a heavy dust layer deposited on the ALSEP experiment package during lunar module ascent and possibly from other long-term sources. This experiment was designed to measure this dust layer deposition and was performed on Apollo 11, 12, 14, and 15. It was housed in the ALSEP central station and measured the power output from a set of solar cells. The dust accumulation proved to be much lower than expected, and the results from this experiment were also used to monitor the long-term degradation of solar cells from radiation and thermal effects. This was considered to be an engineering rather than a scientific experiment.
Richard Hoagland makes claims like that and most people have figured out he's not playing with a full deck.
Originally posted by Tvision
I don't doubt we went to the moon. I've researched this for years, and it seems that although we did go, MANY of the photos we have been given from the mission are without a doubt not actual photos from the moon, but rather re-creations, such as the image above.
Look at the photos yourself, and you will see that many are edited and/or changed, as to hide the secret to the real lunar surroundings.